Aug. 2, 1953 – Dec. 29, 2012

Harry A. Flak, a Buffalo hotel manager, died Dec. 29 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 59.

Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School. He was a firefighter with the Lackawanna Fire Department and helped battle the blaze that destroyed Lackawanna’s Herbert Hoover Junior High School in 1980.

After earning an associate degree in hotel and restaurant management from Paul Smith’s College, he worked for Hart Hotels of Buffalo. For 20 years, he was a general manager at Hart’s Holiday Inns, first at the airport, then on Niagara Falls Boulevard and on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo, where he hosted a Tuesday happy hour for his guests. He retired in 2008.

Mr. Flak was a past president of the Western New York Hotel Motel Association, which has named a scholarship in his memory. He was a member of the Holiday Inn General Managers Advisory Board and a co-chairman of the Give the Kids the World Charity Golf Tournaments.

He enjoyed cooking and often manned the grill for fundraising events for the West Side Rowing Club and for St. Mary of the Lake Church picnics.

A former resident of Lackawanna, Hamburg and Buffalo, he moved to South Carolina after he retired and worked as a starter and marshal on golf courses.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Susan; two daughters, Sarah and Lorin; and two sisters, Susan Fumanti and Ann Kirkwood.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. April 27 in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.