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March 13, 1925 – Dec. 11, 2013

Julian J. Polanski, of Cheektowaga, a railroad retiree and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in Garden Gate Nursing Facility, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 88.

Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side, Mr. Polanski attended St. Stanislaus School and graduated from Emerson Vocational High School. He joined the Marines in 1943 and served in the Pacific on Okinawa and other islands during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant.

After the war, he worked at Kittinger Furniture, then attended the Waltham School of Watchmaking, graduating with honors in 1949. He returned to Buffalo to work with his brother Steve at Polanski Credit Jewelers on Fillmore Avenue.

Later he went to work for Erie Lackawanna Railroad, retiring as yardmaster after 35 years.

Mr. Polanski was active in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Democratic Party in Cheektowaga and on the county level. He also was a member of St. Josaphat’s Senior Club.

He was a life member of St. Stanislaus Athletic Club and played on many championship basketball teams. He also coached Little League baseball and CYO athletics. He was an avid fisherman and bowler.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Florence B. Sieroslawski; three sons, James, David and Martin; a daughter, Patricia Neal; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Josaphat Catholic Church, 20 Peoria Drive at William Street, Cheektowaga.