Dec. 14, 1931 – Dec. 27, 2012

Harry Kiszewski of Cheektowaga, a 1996 retiree from the New York State Department of Correctional Services and a decorated Korean War veteran, died Thursday in St. Joseph Campus of Sisters Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War.

Mr. Kiszewski was known as “Whitey” to his many friends and “Coach” to the athletes he had mentored over 45 years.

His coaching career began in 1967 at St. Joachim School, where he coached basketball and baseball. In the 1970s, bowling became his coaching passion. He was an accomplished athlete, as a competitive bowler for more than 65 years and a 1977 member of the Buffalo Softball Hall of Fame. One of his career highlights was hitting a home run against the world-famous Eddie Feigner of “The King and His Court.”

Mr. Kiszewski was dedicated to the youth of the community, serving as a Boy Scout leader and a director of the Boys & Girls Club.

He also participated in several church organizations, including serving as president of the Holy Name Society and chairman of the Lawn Fete Committee for St. Joachim School and at Stella Niagara in Lewiston.

In 1981 he received the St. Joseph’s Award from the Diocese of Buffalo, the highest honor given to a lay person within the diocese for work and dedication to the youth.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Loretta Volaski; and four sons, Brian, Bruce, Billy and Brad.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday in Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, 2158 Clinton St.