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Brian L. Parkot

October 15, 2021

Visitation: TUESDAY, October 15, 2019: 7-9 pm & WEDNESDAY, October 16, 2019: 2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc.
Service: THURSDAY, October 17, 2019: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at Christ the King Church, Snyder. PARKOT – Brian L.
October 12, 2019,
beloved husband of
Debra (nee Ryan)
Parkot; loving father of
Brian E. (Bonnie) Parkot,
Kelly (Craig) Kacalski
and Shannon (Aaron)
Friend; dear Pa of Colin, Parker,
Kayleigh and Conor; son of the late
Edwin and Betty Rae Parkot; brother of
Sean and Paul (Rosemarie) Parkot;
also survived by many nieces and
nephews. Family and friends may call
on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and
Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst,
14226, where prayers will be offered on
Thursday at 9 AM, followed by a Mass
of Christian Burial at Christ the King
Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Amherst,
14226 at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Kidney
Foundation of W.N.Y. or Snyder Fire
Dept. in Brian’s name. Condolences at Oct. 11, 1953 – Oct. 12, 2019

Brian L. Parkot stepped down last March after 33 years as a fire commissioner with the Snyder Fire District, but he still kept the emergency fire radio at his bedside.

“I always said he had two loves – me and the fire department,” his wife, Debra, said.

Mr. Parkot already was a volunteer firefighter, taking classes for an associate degree in fire protection technology at Erie Community College, when he met the former Debra Ryan in 1973, while she was working at Jimmy’s Restaurant at Harlem Road and Kensington Avenue. She became a nurse before they were married in 1978.

He had joined the Snyder Fire Department in its Torchboy program when he was still in high school. After he turned 18, he became a full-fledged volunteer.

He went on to serve as a lieutenant and captain before he was appointed a commissioner in 1986.

He died Saturday, the day after his 66th birthday, in his Snyder home after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of three boys, he was a lifelong Snyder resident and graduated from Amherst High School in 1971.

Mr. Parkot had been a security guard in high school and found a job in security at the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda, where he had a 32-year career. He branched into health and safety programs at the plant and headed its volunteer fire brigade.

With the Snyder Fire Department, he was active with the fire prevention program and gave presentations at schools.

As commissioner, he helped oversee construction of the new fire headquarters on Main Street.

To his family’s consternation, he fought one blaze single-handedly in front of his house on the morning of his daughter Kelly’s wedding in 2008.

An arsonist who set a string of car fires overnight in his neighborhood ignited his nephew’s Jeep and Jet Ski. Mr. Parkot, in jeans and a T-shirt, responded with a garden hose.

On three occasions, he performed the Heimlich maneuver to save people who were choking. For this, he received a Lifesaving Award.

He was presented with the Snyder Fire Department’s President and Chiefs Award in April.

A longtime parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church, he was a member of the Holy Name Society.

He was a former Connie Mack softball coach and volunteered in the Amherst town hockey program.

“He couldn’t skate,” his wife said, “but he would work the clocks and the doors and tie skates.”

Survivors also include a son, Brian E.; two daughters, Kelly Kacalski and Shannon Friend; two brothers, Sean and Paul; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.


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