Niagara Gazette

January 25, 2014

Eugene Blazejewski

Niagara Gazette

LEWISTON — Eugene Blazejewski, 79, of the Town of Niagara, passed away suddenly Sunday morning, January 19 2014, in  Mount St. Mary's Hospital, after being stricken at home.

He was born August 19, 1934 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Anthony F. and Salomea (Staskiewicz) Blazejewski.

He moved as a child with his parents to the family farm in Lewiston where he attended      Lewiston Porter High School.

Mr. Blazejewski served with the United States Army as a private in the Tank Battalion stationed in Hawaii, returning home in October 1956.

Gene, as he was known to his family and friends, worked as an automotive service mechanic his entire life and became partners at Bills Gulf Service with his father-in-law, William Mann, and Russ Jones in 1958, eventually becoming sole owner in 1974, at which time was Bills Texaco Service, and continuing the name "Bills" in honor of his father-in-law's memory. Gene also ran the service station business under the Amoco and Sunoco banners. Gene retired in 2008, after 50 years servicing the automotive needs of the many customers in the north end of Niagara Falls, who eventually would grow into lifelong friends. He knew the value of being a full service garage and always did what he could for those in need.

Gene enjoyed traveling the country by car and travel trailer in the 60s and 70s, with his young growing family. From the Adirondack Mountains of the east, to the Black Hills and Rockies of the west, reaching as far as Cheyenne, WY, and many beautiful amazing places in between. A number of those trips were to Hill City, SD, fostering a few close friendships along the way. In the past several years Gene enjoyed spending his summers in the Thousand Island region.

An avid Buffalo Bills fan, he held season tickets for many years, even well before the Super Bowl era, enjoying the company of his children or grandchildren who took turns going with him, even on the few cold, snow laden games at the stadium.

Always quick with a joke or a smarter than life comeback, he was many times the life of the party. There are few who haven't seen his no-shirt, raised arms "victory" pose that could arrive at any given moment, occasion or when a camera was close at hand.

Gene instilled the ethic of hard work, enjoying the moment and closeness of family into his   children and enjoyed every moment spent together, from the occasional quick no where         special road trip on a Sunday afternoon, to gathering for the holidays.

His fondness for the simple pleasures in life could be found in his announcing, "Look they have ice cream!", "You have time for one beer!" or "Where we going?", which could have lead to almost anywhere. It's in these moments he will be fondly remembered and missed.    

Gene is survived by  his wife of 57 years, Delores "Del" (Mann) Blazejewski; three sons,      Kenneth (Laura), William (Karen Arquette), Darryl (Linda Webber); one daughter, Christine Biro; one sister, Gertrude Deters; two sisters-in-law, Venice and Maryanne Blazejewski; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Allen F. Blazejewski (1996), and Anthony F. Blazejewski, Jr. (2004).

There will be no prior visitation. A private service  to be held at the convenience of his family. Burial will take place in the family plot in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster, NY. Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society or to the  Heart Association of Western NY. Arrangements made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Niagara Falls, NY.

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