on August 28, 2013 - 7:41 PM
July 14, 1925 – Aug. 25, 2013
Sigmund M. Potembski, an Army veteran of World War II and retired television station art director, died Sunday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. During the war, he served with the Army’s 550th Engineer Light Pontoon Company in France and Germany, where he painted signs and charts, and made overlays of road maps.
After the war, Mr. Potembski studied at the Art Institute of Dayton in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1952. He worked briefly for Bell Aerospace before beginning a career in advertising. He worked for several agencies in Buffalo in the late 1950s and 1960s.
A longtime resident of Williamsville, he left the advertising business in 1970 for a job as art director at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, where he directed all of the graphics for broadcasting and promotions. He also served as a courtroom sketch artist.
Mr. Potembski retired in 1990.
He was a past commander of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion. He served as editor of the post paper for 20 years and had been an assistant chaplain at the time of his death.
Music was a big part of Mr. Potembski’s life. He was a member of Friends of Harmony Barbershop Chorus since the early 1990s and also designed sets for their annual shows.
Mr. Potembski also taught several watercolor painting courses in the Williamsville School District’s adult education program in the 1970s. An active member of First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, he served as a deacon and elder, and played with the bell choir.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Dorothy Camp; a son, David; and a sister, Lenore Harris.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Canterbury Woods, 705 Renaissance Drive, Amherst, where Mr. Potembski had lived with his wife since 2010.