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Family remembers Buckley Road crash victim as "giving man"

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Family and friends are in shock after Thaddeus Florczyk was killed while on his lawnmower when a car veered off the road and hit him.

Florczyk owned a lawn service and was cutting a neighbors lawn when he died.

"I am his oldest sister and his only sister, and he was my youngest brother, my baby brother," Theresa Wait said.

Two deputies went to Wait's home to break the news to her, and she had to tell other family members.

"When the police officers told me I said to them I said he's dead isn't he and they said yes," she added.

"I saw it on Facebook my web update that tragic accident on Buckley Road never thought anything about it and when they told me I just broke down," Doreen Benedict, his niece, said.

Several members of the family gathered at Florczyk's home Wednesday which is down the road from the accident scene. They remember him fondly as a helper.

"Pain right in the rear end, we love him dearly. Any time we needed something we would always call uncle, and he was there for us," Benedict said.

Florczyk had a passion for watching Syracuse University games, golfing and sitting on his front porch.

Every year he hosted a big fourth of July party, they say he used that party as an excuse to celebrate his own birthday.

"We would be here when my kids were little playing kickball, remember that,"

"It was always a great time and playing in the field across the street ironically where he died and just playing and having a ball," Jaclyn Horn, Florczyk's niece, said.

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