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Jan. 29, 1919 – Oct. 23, 2013

Henry F. Konecki, a retired tool and die maker at Trico who had a knack for woodworking, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst after a short illness. He was 94.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Konecki graduated from Seneca Vocational High School.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a machinist mate first class aboard the USS Johnson in the South Pacific.

Mr. Konecki worked for Trico from about 1948 to 1978. He also sold real estate for Triton Valley Real Estate in Bowmansville during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Mr. Konecki, a Cheektowaga resident, was also a talented woodworker who made his own golf clubs. He built a scale replica of the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Center and taught woodworking classes at the center.

He was named volunteer of the year by the center, and he was involved in other organizations, including Our Lady Help of Christians Holy Name Society; the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Post 1731, American Legion; and the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Choral Group.

His wife, Stella, died in 1985.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn, Judith and Christine Arnold.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel in Cheektowaga.