Thomas Szafran

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Thomas A. Szafran, 64, of 296 Seaward Ave., Bradford, passed away Thursday (April 17, 2014) at his residence.
Born Aug. 7, 1949, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Joseph and Frances (Woloszyn) Szafran.
On June 29, 1991, in the First Baptist Church, he married Geneva Szafran, who survives.
Mr. Szafran was a 1967 graduate of Oil City High School and a 1971 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in health and physical education. While in college, he was on the cross country and track team. He served four years in the United States Navy.
He had worked for the Oil City Chamber of Commerce and owned and operated the Ultimate Record Store in Oil City. He then worked for the Chamber of Commerce in Bradford, was a substitute teacher for the Bradford Area School District and worked at Temple Inland for 10 years. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a supervisor for McKean County Children and Youth Services.
He was a member of the YMCA and volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, running, biking, gardening and do-it-yourself projects. He was a history buff, loved trivia and rescued many cats over the years. His most favorite times were spent with his grandchildren.
He attended the First Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Susie (Brad) Walker of State College and Katie Szafran of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandchildren, Dexter Walker and Nolan Walker; two brothers, James (Frances) Szafran, of High Point, N.C., and Frederick (Christy) Szafran of Oil City; a sister-in-law, Laurel (Todd) Homet of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 E. Main St., and again from 10 to 11 m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church, 71 Congress St., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. with Jeremy Childs, pastor, and the Rev. Leon Canfield, retired pastor, co-officiating. Committal services, full military honors and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701; Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 110 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701; or the , 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505.
Online condolences may be made at
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Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
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Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 18 to May 1, 2014
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