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May 24, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2013

Thomas V. Urbanski, a longtime state employee who later set up his own property appraisal firm, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo schools and the University of Buffalo.

He served with the New York State Army National Guard from 1952 to 1963, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. Urbanski began working for the state Department of Public Works in 1955 as an engineering technician. In 1960, he transferred to the state Bureau of Rights of Way and Claims as a lands and claims adjuster. He retired in 1993 as a senior right of way agent with the state Department of Transportation.

After retiring, he owned and operated Urban Appraisal Services for 20 years, specializing in commercial property appraisals.

Mr. Urbanski was an avid train collector, and he enjoyed golf, bowling, target shooting and playing pinochle.

He was a life member of SS. Peter & Paul Athletic Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Marie Kulczyk; a daughter, Jennifer Lovelace; and two brothers, Daniel Urbanski and Robert Urbanski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.