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Feb. 5, 1942 – Feb. 26, 2013

Thomas W. Jusiak, of Cheektowaga and the Town of Boston, a retired special- education teacher with Erie 2 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, died Tuesday at Buffalo Hospice, Cheektowaga, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga and Buffalo State College, where he earned a master’s degree in exceptional education. Mr. Jusiak served in the Army from 1964 to 1966 and was a Vietnam War veteran. In 1969, he began his teaching career with Erie 2 BOCES and was one of the founders of its Vocational Resource Program. During his tenure, Mr. Jusiak was given a Leadership Award by New York State United Teachers. He also was an officer and longtime member of the Tri-County BOCES Education Association. He retired in 2003.

He was the founder of the William Jusiak Scholarship Fund and a mentor with Special Olympics, a sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. He also was a member of the National Ski Patrol, which provides emergency medical and rescue services to skiers.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Christine Balbierz; a son, Joel; a daughter, Jodi; his mother, Eugenia; three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Leonard; and a sister, Alexandra Bolis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Town of Boston.