Daniel Carl Wilemski, age 60, died unexpectedly at his home in Dunkirk on December 21, 2013. Dan was beloved by his family
and by many in the Dunkirk community. Ironically, he who brought so much light and joy into the lives of others passed away on
the shortest day of the year. Dan was born on October 23, 1953. He attended St. Hedwig's Parish elementary school, serving as
Daniel Carl Wilemski
the church sexton as an 8th grader. He graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1972. He was a member of St. Hedwig's Church.
Dan lived his entire life in Dunkirk, working as a bartender and club steward at the Dunkirk Falcon Club for 34 years. Dan was active in many Dunkirk clubs and organizations. His memberships included Dom Polski, Dunkirk Exempt Fireman's Association, Dunkirk Falcon Club, First Ward Falcon Club, Knights of Columbus, Moniuszko Club, and World War II Vets Club. A fan of all Cleveland
sports teams, as well as the Buffalo Sabres, Dan's true passion in life was his beloved Cleveland Browns. He was a season ticket
holder and PSL owner for many years and attended well over 200 Browns' games. In the early '80s, he was one of the original
founders and first presidents of the Northern Chautauqua County Browns Backers Club. Dan or Froggy, as he was affectionately known throughout the community, constantly amazed people with his nearly encyclopedic knowledge of football trivia and statistics. Many will remember his special guest appearances on the Cleveland Browns Football Report program that aired on WBUZ radio.
A gentle soul, Dan never had an unkind word to say about anyone, except a certain late, former owner of the Cleveland Browns.
Dan was predeceased by his parents, Lillian and Benjamin Wilemski, and is survived by his brother, Gerald Wilemski of Rolla,
MO; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Stephen Kearney of Houston, TX; nephew and wife, Eric and Patti Wilemski of
Tonawanda; great niece, Lillian Wilemski of Tonawanda; and several cousins. Dan was a loyal and loving son, brother, uncle,
cousin and friend. Diagnosed with diabetes nearly two years ago, he underwent an inspiring transformation, completely
changing his lifestyle with exercise and healthy eating. He was a unique person whose memory will be cherished forever.
Calling hours will be Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc., 56 E. Doughty St. in Dunkirk.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the BMA Parish Church of St. Hedwig.Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.