Retired City of Erie Firefighter Michael V. Bubrzyk, 78, of Erie, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at UPMC Hamot following a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of Erie, he was born December 13, 1934 a son of the late Walter and Victoria Kisieleski Bubrzyk. Michael was a 1952 graduate of Academy High School where he participated in cross country. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served on a frigate ship in the Atlantic. He then met the love of his life, Sylvia, at the Erie Central Market. He worked at Erie Strayer Co. as a foreman in the bucket shop and went on to work as a lieutenant with the Erie Fire Department for 32 years at 5th and French Streets and at 12th and Sassafras Streets as a tillerman on the Hook and Ladder Truck #2 where he was known as "Bubba". He enjoyed trout fishing and deer hunting and always got his deer every year. He was an excellent shooter who shot a perfect score with a pistol. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Polish Foresters, Polish Falcons Nest 610 and the American Legion Carl Neff Post 571. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Krivonak Bubrzyk. Survivors include one son, Michael W. Bubrzyk; one daughter, Ruth Ann Sprague; two sisters, Lottie Bubrzyk and Terry Paluh, all of Erie; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to services there on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Erie County Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the employees at Golden Living Walnut Creek and the doctors and nurses at UPMC Hamot for the loving care given to Michael. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 14, 2013