on March 7, 2014 - 5:11 PM
May 2, 1935 – March 4, 2014
Mark Kolkowicz of Williamsville, former president of Williams Poultry Farms, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 78.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Mr. Kolkowicz was a Holocaust survivor. He came to the United States in 1949 at age 14 with his parents and brother.
He later graduated from Corfu Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1958 and a master’s degree from Canisius College in 1963. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1960.
Fluent in many languages, including Polish, German and Yiddish, Mr. Kolkowicz taught English, social studies and German at Lancaster Junior High from 1960 to 1967.
Mr. Kolkowicz’s family in 1950 started Williams Poultry Farms, an egg distributor to local grocery stores and restaurants including Tops Markets and Perkins Restaurants.
He worked in the business throughout high school and college years and his teaching career. He became president of the family business in 1972. The business closed in 2000.
A member of Transit Valley Country Club since 1976, he had four recorded holes-in-one. He enjoyed skiing and playing racquetball and tennis.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Theresa Judea Miklinski; two daughters, Deborah Santora and Dawn Lewis; a brother, Roman; and nine grandchildren.