Oct. 17, 1928 – Jan. 26, 2014

Daniel H. Golombek, of Orchard Park, a retired lieutenant for the Buffalo Fire Department, died last Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School, where he played catcher on the school’s baseball team. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and sailed around the world on a naval carrier. He later became a member of the Naval Reserve.

Mr. Golombek joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1965 and retired as a lieutenant in 1989. He was a member of the Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg and the former Bethlehem Country Club in Hamburg. He was an avid golfer, reader and poker player.

His wife of five years, the former Virginia Rose Bayer, died in 1983.

He is survived by a son, Michael; a daughter, Paula; a stepdaughter, Robin Manning, Ph.D.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a longtime companion, Joann Shaffer.

Mr. Golombek donated his body to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Eventually, his remains will be buried next to his wife’s in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg.