Albert S. Kurek “Big Al”, 83, of East Pembroke, NY. passed away on Nov. 22, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital.
He was born on March 18, 1939 in Buffalo, the son of the late Stanley and Helen (Sikorski) Kurek. He was the husband of the late Florence “Annie” Docherty.
Al is survived by his son, Alan (Lori) Kurek; daughter, Kimberly (Kevin) Hale; beloved grandchildren, Adam and Marc Kurek, Erin, Michaela and Mitchell Hale; late sister Norma (Richard) Mathewson; brothers David (Lynn) Kurek and Dennis Kurek; dear companion, Michelle Spoto; along with several nieces and nephews. With great pride, he loved watching his children and grandchildren grow into adulthood and was proud of their many accomplishments.
He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-1960, was a NYS Trooper from 1962-1985 stationed in Batavia and was a special agent with the Department of Defense from 1985-2001. Albert was a noted historian of the New York State Police, having authored three books detailing the NY Troopers history. He was a 25 year officer in the Batavia Chapter of Former NYS Troopers, a member of the former St. Nick’s Club, the Polish Falcons, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Fraternal Order of Elks and NYS Police Benevolent Association. He enjoyed the camaraderie he had with friends and golf partners.
Friends are invited to call 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc., 329-333 W. Main St., Batavia NY 14020. A 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Dec. 2 at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Al will be laid to rest at a later date in the spring with full military honors in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.
Memorial/donations can be made to the Former Troopers Helping Hands, P.O. Box 432, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224-0432 or the WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Road, Corfu, N.Y. 14036. To leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 W. Main St., Batavia NY 14020.