Valdimir J. Szarek, 52, counsel to the comptroller of the Navy, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Springfield, Va.

He joined the office of general counsel of the Navy in 1952 as a lawyer and was assigned to the office of the counsel of the comptroller. He was designated counsel to the comptroller in 1973.

Considered on authority on fiscal law, Mr. Szarek lectured frequently on the legal aspects of financial management. He had been an honorary member of the faculty of the Army Logistics Management School.

He received the Navy Department's Distinguished Civilian Service Award last January.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Szarek was a Navel aviator in World War II, receiving his training at Corpus Christi, Tex, Immediately after the war, he served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Philippine Seas.

After leaving military service in 1947, he attended Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., where he graduated in 1952 with degrees on business and law.

He was a member of the Florida Bar and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and four daughters, Patricia Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth and Joan, all of the home; a son, John, who is a student at the University of Florida; his mother, Mary Szarek, a brother, Thaddeus, and a sister, Sonia Cohan, all of Chicago.