SZCZEPURA, Frank Edward - Passed on May 23rd at the age of 90 after a brief illness. He was a beloved husband for 55 years of the late Leonarda (née Sciascia); son of the late Kazimierz and Valeria Szczepura; loving father of Maria (Adam Bobak), Celia (John McLean), and Lisa (Steve Peters); brother of Stanley (Cheryl) Shepura and Stella Steuernagle, the late Leo Shepura, Anthony and Zigmund Szczepura, Ann Holloman, and Chester Cheresko; and grandfather of James and David DiNezza. He is survived by several much-loved nephews and nieces and their families and had many happy memories from time spent throughout his life with the Russo/Messana, Genco, Chudzik, and Muscarella families.
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Frank was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania in 1929. After graduating from High School in 1947, he hitchhiked to Buffalo to work on the Great Lakes shipping boats - working toward his dream of a dairy farm, which he made a reality settling in Bliss, New York. The farm was auctioned when he was called to serve his country in the Army during the Korean conflict, 1951-53, after which he earned his B.S. ‘62 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo. Before joining the Buffalo Police Department in 1958, he worked at Bell Aerospace and taught in the Buffalo City Schools.
He dedicated 33 years of Service to the residents of the City of Buffalo, the first fifteen years on the West Side at Precinct 10, remaining lifelong friends with his colleagues from those days. He was promoted to Captain in 1978. His first assignment in that position was to oversee the police department garage operations, and finally was the commander of the Burglary Task Force and Property Recovery Unit. His focus in the years prior to retiring in 1991 was on interagency coordination, specifically with the FBI, County Sheriff’s Department, and law enforcement personnel in Rochester, Albany, and Toronto. He believed in sharing investigative productivity and led the procurement and implementation of the first computer system in the Detective Division driving systematic data management and sharing of criminal activities, as well as providing the ability to track all stolen property in the County to aid in recoveries. He was a member of the Pulaski Police Association of Buffalo and Western New York.
The house in Kenmore was purchased in 1967, it saw many happy times, and he lived there until he passed. He was a lifelong learner, an expert gardener; he enjoyed fishing, boating, reading, history, and making model airplanes. He was a Yankees fan, followed UCONN women’s basketball, and enjoyed watching the Tour de France every year.
He lived his last years on his terms, stubbornly refusing to break traditions or give up the things he loved. He considered each day a gift from God and appreciated all his blessings, especially spending time with family and friends and experiencing new things.
A private mass of Christian burial with full military honors was held on Wednesday, May 27th at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, where he was a long-time parishioner. He was laid to rest with his late wife at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Please consider directing any donations in his honor to one of the organizations Frank and Leonarda supported throughout their lives, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Kenmore, NY; St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy of Buffalo, NY; or the Shepura Men’s Center, Jimmie Hale Mission, Birmingham, AL.
Arrangements by C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. www.mertzfh.com