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Feb. 2, 1945 – July 19, 2014

David M. Petkovksy, an Army veteran and retired Niagara Mohawk inspector, of Hamburg, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 69.

Mr. Petkovksy was born in Lackawanna and graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1963.

He was drafted into the Army in October 1969 and served in Vietnam for four years. He was honorably discharged in July 1972.

Upon discharge, he worked for the postal service from 1972-74 and then became a custodian at Niagara Mohawk in 1974. Over time, he worked his way up to be an engineer lineman and then inspector. He retired in 1995.

In 1992, he received one of the first successful heart transplants from Buffalo General.

Mr. Petkovksy volunteered at the American Red Cross as a driver after he retired. He was part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. The World War II history buff enjoyed traveling, reading and building military models.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Judy Parker; two daughters, Robyn Petkovsky-Faustian and Tracy Richard; a son, Jeffrey A.; two sisters, Susan Jarvis and Mary Thomas; two brothers, James and John; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 5453 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.