Felix A. 'Phil''s Story
Felix A. 'Phil' Wasiak, Jr. passed away on June 21, 2017. He was born in Buffalo on July 15, 1929, the son of the late Felix and Bertha (Kotowski) Wasiak.
He was a 1948 graduate of St. Francis of Athol Springs High School and was the high scorer in that year's Manhattan Cup championship. He was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. On September 8, 1950 Felix enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant/Senior Neuropsychiatric Technician Specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was discharged on September 7, 1954.
Felix worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 30 years and retired in 1985. He then worked at Community Missions and was active with the Agency Coalition Task Force of Niagara County serving on the Executive Committee from 1989 until 1991 and was also their secretary.
Felix was a member of the American Legion Portage Post #1465 and was a 2nd Vice Commander. He was a board member of the Fellowship House, Inc. and the Fellowship House Foundation since 1988. From 1974 until 2005 he was an active member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Mt. Carmel Church. He was a member of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Pistol Club from 1980 until 1984. He was a member of the former Echo Club. He was awarded the 1994-1995 Sertoma Award and the 1996 Tops Good Neighbor Award. Felix was a proud Red Cross 8 Gallon Blood Donor. He was an active member of the Holy Trinity Seniors where he enjoyed playing pinochle and knock rummy with his friends. On October 2, 2010, he was inducted into the National Association of Letter Carriers Union as a 50 Year Member.
Felix was predeceased by his wife, Leocadia 'Lillian' (Olejniczak) Wasiak who passed away on March 24, 2002. He is survived by his sons, Felix C. Wasiak, Frederick C. (Elizabeth) Wasiak, Florian C. Wasiak , Francis C. (Carolyn) Wasiak and Farand C. Wasiak. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Meghan, Jacob, Lindsey, Geena, Matthew, Christopher and Greg.
Friends may call on Monday from 3-7 PM at Historic Holy Trinity Church, 1419 Falls Street where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Divine Mercy Parish, corner of Niagara and 24th streets with Rev. Jacek P. Mazur officiating. Interment with Military Honors in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Belle, a beautiful yellow lab, was Felix's trusty companion for many years, always by his side. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Felix's memory to the Freedom Guide Dogs, 1210 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, NY 13318, http://freedomguidedogs.org/donate.
ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO THE LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published on June 24, 2017