April 30, 1938 – June 29, 2014

Victor A. Drajem Jr., owner of GDK Coins of Depew, died Sunday in his Lancaster home after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Maryvale High School in 1956 and attended Canisius College.

From age 10, he enjoyed coin collecting. At 21, he started work at Sears Roebuck and Co., while owning a small coin business on the side. He soon found out that the coin business was more lucrative than the job at Sears. In 1964, he embarked on his 50-year career as owner and president of GDK Coins at 1380 French Road, Depew, a dealership that buys and sells coins, gold and silver bullion, stamps, and collectibles. He was active in his business by phone and in person until recently.

A member of American Numismatic Association and Buffalo Numismatic Association, he enjoyed the study and collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money and related objects. A member of the Professional Businessman’s Association and Polish Falcons, he was also interested in politics because of the influence of his mother, Irene T. Drajem, who was City of Buffalo treasurer from 1977 to 1981 during the James D. Griffin administration.

He was a member of the Lancaster Country Club and enjoyed golfing and baseball.

Survivors include his companion of 33 years, Rosemarie Campisano; two sons, Gregory and David; a daughter, Kim Torina; a stepdaughter, Maryellen Blunt; a stepson, Michael Wrona; a brother, Robert; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.