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Sept. 11, 1930 – June 11, 2014

Richard D. Chudzik, a longtime Buffalo police officer and the founder of 7 C’s Catering, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, in Cheektowaga after a short illness. He was 83.

He served in the Marines during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal.

Mr. Chudzik was a patrolman from 1960 to 1987. Ten years before he retired from the force, he started his own food service company.

He ran 7 C’s Catering from 1977 to 2010, when it closed, and received multiple culinary awards.

Mr. Chudzik, who lived in Buffalo his entire life, studied finance at the University at Buffalo.

He was involved in the Pulaski Police Association and Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His business background served him well at 7 C’s, as he received the Pulaski Police Association Businessman of the Year Award in 1999.

Mr. Chudzik loved hunting, fishing and going to the casino.

His daughter, Maureen Bitz, said she will most miss her father’s lighthearted jokes and his deep love for his family.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, the former Janet M. Bork; three sons, Rick, David and Roger; a sister, Carol Galey; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca.