He later became chief of detectives, headed the narcotics unit, served as acting chief, and often served as department spokesman. He was also president of the Lackawanna Police Benevolent Association.
For approximately 25 years, Mr. Strycharz served as Commanding Officer of American Legion Lackawanna Post 63, considered the oldest Legion post in Erie County, and served four years as Legion Commander. American from Erie County.
In 2001, he sparked controversy when he led the campaign to change the name of Lackawanna Sports Stadium from Ron Jaworski Stadium to Veterans Stadium to honor World War II veterans.
“Mr. Jaworski was a great Lackawanna football player,” Mr. Strycharz told the city council. “He was very well paid and he never came back to town or gave anything to the city. The veteran was paid very little and came back to town.
He was also a board member of the Lackawanna Coalition for Progress, a citizens’ group that worked to attract new businesses and industries.
He received the Citizen of the Year award in 2015. The American Red Cross honored him as a 10 gallon blood donor.
An avid Buffalo Bills fan, he held season tickets from the team’s first season in 1960 until a few years ago.