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2017-12-06 / Obituaries

John Svilokos, former Kenmore policeman

John Svilokos, 89, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Tonawanda, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Mr. Svilokos was born on Sept. 21, 1928, in the Town of Tonawanda. He was a 1947 graduate of Kenmore West High School. After graduation, he attended Alfred University and the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Svilokos was also a Korean War veteran and served as a medic. He was a Kenmore policeman for 25 years and in that time, he was a desk lieutenant and also fought for and successfully established the Policeman’s Union.

In addition, he was the owner of Mike’s Submarine Shop on Delaware Ave. for 15 years and served as president of the Kenmore Merchants Association for many years.

After retirement from the Police Department, he and his wife, Reta Joyce, moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and eventually to Ocala, where they continued a real estate partnership. He enjoyed playing golf, dancing, listening to jazz and playing cards.

Along with his wife, Mr. Svilokos is survived by seven children, Dale, Leslie, Patricia, Jonna, Claudia, Holly and John Jr.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, July 2, at the Niawanda Pavilion, 200 Niagara St., Tonawanda. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, 3231 S.W. 34th St., Ocala, FL 34478.

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