on June 27, 2014 - 6:15 PM
, updated June 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM
Oct. 11, 1944 – May 25, 2014
Edward J. Machelski, a retired United Parcel Service supervisor who played saxophone and clarinet in local bands for more than 30 years, died unexpectedly May 25 in Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. He was 69.
The Buffalo native was a graduate of Burgard Vocatioal High School and served in the Army from 1963 to 1966, including a tour of duty in Korea.
He started in 1967 as a delivery driver for UPS and worked his way up to supervisor. The longtime West Seneca resident took on a three-month assignment in the 1990s to manage the opening of a new UPS hub office in Columbus. He retired in 1995.
Mr. Machelski was an accomplished musician who started his own band, the Ed Malin Trio, and played with many other area bands in venues throughout Western New York. He also filled in with the Buffalo Touch, a nationally known Polka band.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Carol Dziengielewski; two daughters, Michelle Maskulinski and Cheryl Tokasz; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Karen Mattoon; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 6 p.m. July 14 in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga.