Twin District Fire Company Mourns Loss of Active Life Member
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BULERA - Thomas M. Of Lancaster, NY, July 31, 2010, beloved husband of Marilynn J. Okoniewski Bulera; dearest father of Lynn, Karen, Thomas (Dana) and Brian (Rachael Hitchcock) Bulera; loving grandfather of Jessica, Christopher, Peyton, Paige and the late Jason; great-grandfather of Aubrilynn; brother of James (Nancy), Philip (Marge) and the late Jack (Carol) Bulera. Friends may call Tuesday 4-8 PM at the PAUL A. KLOC BLOSSOM CHAPELS, INC., 4680 Clinton St. (corner Borden Rd.), West Seneca (668-5666). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Our Lady of Pompeii Church at a time to be announced. Friends are invited. Thomas was an active member of Twin District Fire Company for over 55 years.
Thomas M. Bulera of Lancaster, co-owner of a roofing and siding company in Buffalo and a longtime volunteer firefighter, died Saturday in the Mitchell Campus of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 73.
Mr. Bulera was born in Buffalo. He graduated from Lancaster Senior High School in 1955, after which he went to work in the roofing business with his father, Marion, who was a co-founder of Bulera Roofing and Siding in Buffalo.
He served in the Army from 1960 to 1962, attaining the rank of private first class, and was stationed in Korea. Returning to roofing after his military service, he took over ownership of Bulera Roofing in 1970. He retired from his business in 2000, and began working part-time for Silla Radiator in Cheektowaga until May.
Mr. Bulera was a 55-year member of Twin District Volunteer Fire Co. During his tenure, he held every officer position in the company except chief. He was a co-founder of the Greater Lancaster Museum of Firefighting. In July, he was selected as Firefighter of the Month by Lancaster Source newspaper. He was selected as Fireman of the Year by the Erie County Fire Police Associaton.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Marilynn J. Okoniewski; two daughters, Lynn and Karen; two sons, Thomas E. and Brian; and two brothers, James and Phil.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a. m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.