Frank J. Domzalski of Depew, a longtime General Motors Corp. employee, a small-business owner and a softball pitcher inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 94.
“He was known as ‘Big Red’,” his daughter Darlene Senft said. “To his family, he was the strongest yet gentlest man.”
An early career as a boxer was cut short for the Buffalo native when he married Blanche Wojciechowski in 1938. “She put an end to that,” his daughter said.
His wife died in 2001.
After serving in the Army during World War II, he went to work at GM’s engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda.
Handy with machinery, he also started a vending business, operating a string of jukeboxes, pool tables and cigarette machines for 42 years.
“He was the ultimate Mr. Fix-it,” his daughter said.
He was active in his parish, St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, and in Western New York Chapter, Knights of Columbus, where he was awarded the 1986 Knight of the Year medal. He was instrumental in organizing a new council, Monsignor Peter J. Adamski Council 9593, where he was elected grand knight in 1987.
A member of several other community groups, he was recognized by the Walden District Taxpayers Association as an honored member of the community.
Besides his daughter Darlene, he is survived by a brother, Raymond; a sister, Bertha Lehman; two other daughters, Kathleen Drabik and Carol Pietrzyk; and a son, David.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10 a. m. Friday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 940 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.