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Donald E. Polaski

September 6, 1933 ~ February 16, 2019 (age 85)
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Fillmore --- Donald E. Polaski of 10489 Bernard St. died Saturday, February 16, 2019 in his home. He was born on September 6, 1933 in Johnsonburg, PA, a son of the late Michael and Ida Kriegish Polaski. On August 30, 1958 in St. Mary’s, PA he married Shirley Ann Rimer who predeceased him on November 1, 2013.

Don was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955. He received his Master’s Degree from Alfred University and was the former business teacher at Fillmore Central School during the 50’s and 60’s and later he was the Guidance Counselor Pioneer Central School until his retirement in 1992. Starting in 1998 Don and Shirley would travel to Lutz, FL to spend their winters until 2012.

Don was a former Amateur Football player for the Johnsonburg Shamrocks and was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Fillmore and enjoyed camping, traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, painting, fishing, golfing and reading. Don was also a member of D. Victor Thomas American Legion Post 1155 and regularly did income tax returns for many local area residents for many years.

Surviving are his children, Dennis (Dolores) Polaski of Illinois, Deborah Polaski of Fillmore,  Daryl Polaski of Portland, OR, five grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Polaski of Webster, three brother, Michael (Annie) Polaski Jr., Jake Polaski both of Johnsonburg, PA, David (Jean) Polaski of St. Mary’s, PA, a sister, Mary Iorfida of St. Mary’s, PA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by a son, Donald Edward Polaski Jr. in 2005, a grandson, Dennis A. Polaski Jr. in 1995 and a sister, Ann Novaset.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Fillmore. Fr. Dennis JJ Mancuso, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Fillmore.

Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Rescue Squad, Box 238 Fillmore, N.Y. 14735 or St. Patrick’s Church, Box 198, Fillmore, NY 14735

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