Mourning the death of Leonard Szymanski, former Mayor of Sloan, New York

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  • 07 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
  • 11 / Jun / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Leonard Szymanski, former
Mayor of Sloan, New York

WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that this Legislative
Body records the passing of Leonard Szymanski, noting the significance
of his purposeful life and accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, Former Mayor Leonard Szymanski died on Monday, May 27, 2013,
at the age of 78; he was a sheet metal worker and also worked for the
Niagara Frontier Transit Authority; he was heavily involved in volunteer
and public service projects; and
WHEREAS, In the 1970s, Leonard Szymanski founded Cheektowaga Airlanes
Football, a league that blossomed into a large organization; he was the
director of Cheektowaga Southside Little League and coached many teams,
including an all-star squad that was one game from winning the state
championship; he also coached Depew Legion baseball; and
WHEREAS, After he retired, Leonard Szymanski stayed active in the
Sloan community; he was elected to serve on the Sloan Village Board and
was a member for eight years before becoming mayor and was also village
recreation director; and
WHEREAS, In 2005, Leonard Szymanski was elected mayor, a position he
held until his resignation in the summer of 2012; during his time on the
Village Board, he obtained many grants for the village and was able to
improve a number of public services; and
WHEREAS, Leonard Szymanski rebuilt Wrazen Park and started the concert
series in the Sloan parks; he also helped the Sloan Fire Department make
improvements to the station and secure a new truck and uniforms; and
WHEREAS, A fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, Leonard Szymanski was a
man of the people who had an open-door policy as mayor and would
patiently listen to anyone in need; he was active at St. Andrew's Church
in Sloan, serving as social chairman of the church's Holy Name Society
and was an usher; and
WHEREAS, Leonard Szymanski is survived by his wife, Frances, their
three sons, Mark, Brian and David, and their six grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit, imbued with a sense of
compassion, Leonard Szymanski leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Leonard Szymanski, former Mayor of Sloan, New York;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Leonard Szymanski.


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