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March 7, 1940 – Feb. 13, 2013

David A. “Ski” Szatkowski of Angola, a 30-year employee of DuPont in the Town of Tonawanda, died Wednesday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Szatkowski moved to Angola at a young age and graduated from Lake Shore Central School, where he was active in sports and was considered an outstanding baseball player, drawing the attention of scouts. As an adult, he played baseball in the Lake Shore Baseball League.

At DuPont, Mr. Szatkowski was a chemical operator. Passionate about safety issues, he was instrumental in the development of the company’s Safety Resource Committee.

He also helped develop a coating used in the interior of passenger jets.

He traveled to Washington State, Florida and Japan on DuPont training missions and won several company awards over the years. He retired in 2000.

He served as chairman of the local chapter of the Fresh Air Fund, an organization founded by John Lennon, which provides mentoring to underprivileged children from New York City, who also got a chance to visit area homes during the summer.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, the former Nancy Hamann; a son, Craig; a daughter, Ann Marie Regneir; three stepsons, Kevin, Thomas and Kenneth Kwilos; a sister, Lorraine; and a brother, Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola.