John J. Buczek, 74, of Fredonia, passed quietly Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the Heart Clinic at Buffalo General Hospital.
Mr. Buczek survived two kidney transplants and one aortic valve heart transplant, multiple bypass surgeries, and a handful of other operations. His will to live was epic.
John was born in Fredonia in the family home on Washington Avenue on February 6, 1939 to Dorothy Buczek and the late Joseph Buczek. He graduated from Brocton Cen-tral School, where he was a member of the Brocton Bulldogs football team. He was a highly decorated member of the Brocton Central School Band where he played the saxophone.
Following high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving in the NORAD Command. While serving in NORAD, John toured the United States as a member of the NORAD Air Force Band. He was a Manager of the Brocton and Fredonia branches of Liberty National Bank, and a member of the Kiwanis and Jaycees of Fredonia.
Mr. Buczek was the owner of one of the area's finest restaurants, the Bark Grill in Westfield, which served fine French and American cuisine. While owning the Bark Grill, Mr. Buczek, won multiple awards, was on A.M. Pittsburgh and was featured as the #1 Restaurant in the area with the Erie Fine Dining Club for multiple consecutive years. Their clientele included Pittsburgh Steeler great Rocky Blier, actor Rob Lowe, actress Melissa Gilbert among many other celebrities.
John was the husband of the late Barbara Berry Buczek. He is survived by his son, John J. III of Fredonia; his mother, Dorothy Hartman Buczek of Fredonia; and his sisters Linda (Tom) Zielinski of Van Buren and Lorraine Murray of Fort Pierce, FL. John is the uncle of Jodie Korzenski, Matt Walters, Allen Barber and Randy Barber. Also survived by aunts and cousins.
Besides his wife and father, Mr. Buczek is preceded in death by his sister, Joann Barber.
Friends may call today 7-9 p.m. at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia where a memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. Interment, with Military Honors, at Forest Hill Cemetery will follow the memorial service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Buffalo, NY 14226. Online condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.