on March 20, 2014 - 5:48 PM
, updated March 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM
April 28, 1920 – March 18, 2014
NORTH TONAWANDA – Branko Sedlacek, a retired businessman and former Niagara County legislator, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his North Tonawanda home. He was 93.
Born in Oroslavia, Yugoslavia, he moved to Canada with his widowed mother as a toddler and grew up in the City of Tonawanda after she remarried.
A graduate of Tonawanda High School, he served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was a member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion.
Mr. Sedlacek and a partner owned and operated the Town Tavern in the City of Tonawanda for many years. Later, he operated Bronk’s Restaurant and Lounge in North Tonawanda. He also was a maintenance mechanic for the Niagara County Highway Department, retiring in 1982.
Active in politics, he served for two terms on the Niagara County Legislature in the mid- 1980s, representing what was then the 11th District in North Tonawanda. In recent years, he was prominent as a gadfly and speaker at local government meetings.
Mr. Sedlacek helped start Babe Ruth League baseball in the City of Tonawanda, became president of the league, then went on to become a district director, area director and a state commissioner.
He also was an original member of the Smilinich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra.
His first wife, Dorothy Matikosh Sedlacek, died in 1974. He later married Doris Clapsadel.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, John and Robert; a daughter, Jill Luly; two sisters, Helen Fadell and Draga Swagel; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Hamp Funeral Home, 37 Adam St. at Seymour Street, City of Tonawanda.