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Daniel Harry Szalkowski, 92, was called to Heaven on Friday September 24, 2021. His family will be sadly missed.
Born September 7, 1929 in Dunkirk, NY, Dan was the son of the late Stephen and Betty (Kolassa) Szal-owski.
Dan was a US Navy veteran who served from 1948 to 1952. A long-time resident of Dunkirk, NY, he enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and was stationed aboard the carrier. aircraft USS Kearsarge and later the USS Toledo.
He was very proud of his service, especially the time he spent during the Korean War, also receiving the Korean Service Ribbon, with 3 stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Citation Ribbon of the RKO Pres.
After the Navy Dan had a career of over 39 years as a Roofer / Sheet Metal Worker at AW Farrell & Sons Roofing.
Dan was a highly skilled sheet metal worker and carpenter, trades he obtained in the United States Navy, and which he later shared with his sons on their domestic projects. He was an avid fishing and hunting enthusiast who received the nickname “Slug.” Dan loved to bake pies and taught all of his grandchildren how to make his award winning apple pie. An avid card player, Dan enjoyed his weekly card games with his family.
Dan was a devoted and loving father and grandfather, and took great pride in his role as “Dad.” His family have many fond memories of spending the holidays with Dad, stacking firewood, gardening, bird watching, and just spending time on the porch. Dan was very fond of animals, encouraging his children and grandchildren to bring their dogs to visit him. He especially liked a Golden Retriever named Missy.
He appreciated the loving care given to him by his wife Loretta, his daughter Wendy Poweski and his sons: Jim, Richard and Scott Szalkowski.
Dan’s life was a living example of the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 9:11, Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we bring your gifts to those in need, they will thank God.
Dan is survived by his wife of 69 years, Loretta (Skrypek) Szalkowski, whom he married on April 25, 1952; her four children: James (Kathy) Szalkowski, Richard Szalkowski and Wendy (Pat) Poweski, all of Dunkirk, and Scott (Den-ise) Szalkowski of Fredo-nia; and was the proud grandfather of Jessica (Jeff) Sutton, Megan Szalkowski, Leanne (Doug) Reynolds, Kristin Szalkowski, Ashley Szalkowski, Matthew Szalkowski and Michael Szalkowski; as well as the great-grandfather of Harry and Daniel Sutton and Jackson Reynolds; and brother of Ruby Lampert. All of this he loved them unconditionally and touched them deeply.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Norman.
Family and friends are invited to call Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the R. Mackowiak Inc. Funeral Home, 56 E. Doughty St, Dunkirk.
A Christian burial mass will be celebrated Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Blessed Mary Angela parish church in Saint-Hyacinthe. Interment will be in Saint-Hyacinthe cemetery.
Please join us in celebrating his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blessed Mary Angela Parish or to a charity of your choice.