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June 29, 1934 – May 23, 2013

Walter P. Kwiatkowski, of North Buffalo, who served two terms as commander of the Erie County Veterans of Foreign Wars, died Thursday in Harbor Health Multicare Center. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the East Side and attended city schools. He enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and served for 12 years, then spent 25 years with the Naval Reserve.

Mr. Kwiatkowski was a production worker at Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg for 30 years.

At Harry E. Crosby Post 2472, VFW, he served three terms as post commander and was active in the post’s poppy drives, breakfasts and dinners. He also tended bar at the post on Tuesday nights.

In addition to serving as county commander, Mr. Kwiatkowski served a term as VFW district commander. He was instrumental in bringing a state VFW convention to Buffalo.

He was a member of AMVETS and Western New York Chapter 63, Korean War Veterans Association. He also provided counseling to veterans.

Mr. Kwiatkowski was a longtime member of the choir at St. Margaret Catholic Church and helped transport food to local soup kitchens.

His wife, Dorothy Golombek Kwiatkowski, died in 2000.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia.

Services will be at 7:30 p.m. today in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.