It is the Post Commander’s sad duty to report that the following Comrades have been called from our midst, and gone to report to the “Commander of All” and are hereby transferred from the roles of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205 to Post Everlasting.
October 28, 2019
CLAYTON J BURDEN JR
Age 94, of Tonawanda, NY. Beloved husband of Muriel (nee Risch) Burden; devoted father of Patricia A. Burden, M.D., and John C. (Ann) Burden; adored grandfather of Jeremy Burden, Laura VanCleave, Catherine Burden, Jennifer Burden and great-grandfather of Carter, Grayson and Lillian. Dear brother of the late June (late Frank) Sennot and the late Joan (late Norman) Wertz; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Burden was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a Past Commander of Harry E. Crosby VFW Post #2472 and a Post Chaplain of American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post # 205 Kenmore, NY.
October 8, 2019
WALLACE J. KASPER (KASPRZAK)
Beloved brother of Gloria Kiss (late Steven Kiss); devoted uncle of Stephen Kiss and Preston Kiss. Wallace was a Veteran of the US Navy during the Korean War. He was a 60-year member of Post 205.
October 6, 2019
RAYMOND C. WILKIE
Age 91, of the City of Tonawanda, NY, beloved husband of the late Patricia (nee Johnston) Wilkie, loving father of Bert (Darlene Passarelli) Wilkie, Chrislyn (Shawn) McDonald, Eric (Judith) Wilkie, James (Kiesha) Wilkie, and the late Bruce Wilkie, step-father of Juli (Felton) Cotton, and James Bertalan, father-in-law of Debbie (late Bruce) Wilkie, son of the late Charles William and Mary Elizabeth (nee Brooker) Wilkie, brother of Rosemarie (late James) McDonald, Joyce (William) Stratis, and the late Elizabeth (late Al) Sterringer, and Eileen (late Bernard) Gallant; also survived by 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II, and loved spending time with family.
September 18, 2019
ANTHONY M. VITRANO
At age 90. Beloved husband of 63 years to Angeline (nee Conti) Vitrano; beloved son of the late Frank and Frances (nee Busalachi) Vitrano; dear brother of Anne (late Jess) Ferrelli, John (Deanna) Vitrano and the late infant John Vitrano; also survived by many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and his faithful puppy Ginger.
August 27, 2019
THOMAS H. PESKO
At age 70. Beloved husband of 45 years to Catherine (nee Mazuchowski) Peszko; cherished son of Helen and the late Henry Peszko; devoted father of Michael (Erin) Peszko and Christine (Alan) Beckett; loving grandfather of Andrew, Ryan, Tyler, Morgan and Madison. Tom worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a longtime member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company.
July 19, 2019
RICHARD A. KEFFER
Of Kenmore, at 76 years. Beloved husband of Sandra Kownaski Keffer; dear father of Christopher W. (Rebecca) and Karen M.; loving grandfather of Grace Elizabeth, Benjamin David, Owen Michael, Hannah Jane and the late Sarah Faith; brother of Robert (Judy) Keffer, Janet (late Carl) Meeder; also survived by nieces and nephews.
June 18, 2019
RICHARD E. "DICK" BISHOP
Of Tonawanda, NY, age 92. Beloved husband of 66 years to Mary Lou (Gilmore) Bishop; dear father of Richard (Sheila), James (Dawn), Catherine (Terry) Johns, Susan (James) Schultz, John (Patti) and David (Julie) Bishop; proud and loving grandfather of James, Bridget (Steve) Parke, Laura (Ben) Pietak, Patrick, Brian, Joseph, Susan, Maureen S., Maureen C., Christopher, Timothy, Andrew, Eric, Haley, Justin, James W. (Katie), Hollie, and the late Melissa Rose; and great-grandfather of six; son of the late Amelia (Korzie) and Frank Bishop; brother of the late Robert and Gloria (late Joe) Tomasula; brother-in-law of Patricia (Jim) Zink and the late Suzanne (late Gerald) Depp; also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and special neighbors the Weir and Okruch families. Mr. Bishop was a graduate of McKinley High School and a Master Plumber for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Navy WWII Veteran and a Korean Navy Seabee and member of the Seabee's Island X-8 Tonawanda, NY. He was also an avid golfer and bowler. A special "thank you" to the 4th floor, Cardio Rehab Unit at the Buffalo VAMC and his special friends there, as well as the staff of the Willow Lodge.
June 13, 2019
ELMER C. EISENHAUER
Beloved husband of Mary Jane (nee Szankiewicz) Eisenhauer; dear father of Jeffrey Eisenhauer, Jennifer Michaud and the late John Eisenhauer; loving grandfather of Zachery (Mae), Erick Eisenhauer, Andrew (Kari) and Ryan Michaud and the late Jessica Eisenhauer; great-grandfather of Jackson Michaud, Nova and Zander Eisenhauer; twin brother of Elroy (Lois) Eisenhauer; and predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Elmer was a Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
May 17. 2019
DANIEL A. RYDZYNSKI
Husband of the late Helen (nee Zagrodnik) Rydzynski; father of Margaret (Aram Hollman) Rydzynski, Elizabeth (John) Hulley, and Thomas D. Rydzynski; dear friend of Mary Timko; Papa to Laura, Lillian, and Parker Hnatyszyn.
March 30, 2019
RICHARD C. CATALANO
Of Tonawanda, entered into rest on March 30, 2019. Beloved husband of Rita (nee Villa) Catalano; devoted father of David and Richard (Carla) Catalano; cherished grandfather of Veronica, Valerie and Riana Catalano; loving son of the late Santo and Betty Catalano; dear brother of Charles Catalano; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Catalano was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.
February 26, 2019
CHARLES F. GRABER
Of the Town of Tonawanda, NY. Beloved husband of Beverly (Barker) Graber. Dear father of Amy Dake and Jennifer Cottrell. Loving grandfather of Caitlyn, Patrick, Evan and Amber. Brother of Carol Grazczyk.
November 19, 2018
DON G. VOSBURGH
Born April 26, 1941. Retired Town of Tonawanda Police Detective. Dear father of John (Christine), Dana (Sally) and Eric (Sheila) Vosburgh; loving grandfather of Luke, Adam, Nate, Alice, Nolan, Ellie and Nicolas; former husband of Marion Canedo and Janice Pichette; son of the late Lola and Clifford Vosburgh; brother of the late Rudy (late Jane) Vosburgh. Don was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.
November 14, 2018
HENRY L. "HANK" ZUGGER
Beloved husband of the late Margaret Mary (nee Watkins) Zugger.; devoted father of Rev. Christopher L. Zugger of Albuquerque, NM, Elizabeth A. (Richard) DiChristina and Pamela J. (late Ronald) Baia; loving grandfather of Rebecca and Rene' Baia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Hank was a retired Detective Lieutenant of the Juvenile Department of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, Crossing Guard at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church and a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II.
November 10, 2018
VICTOR G. DALEY
86, of North Tonawanda, entered into eternal rest peacefully on November 10, 2018, surrounded by his beloved wife of 40 years, Marilyn and his family, after a brief illness. After being born in Hornell and growing up in Andover, NY, he moved to Buffalo and joined the Army, and served our country during the Korean War. Beginning in 1965, Vic proudly served on the Town of Tonawanda Police Department as a patrolman for eight years and was quickly promoted to Detective for 21 years before retiring. During this time, he also worked at Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 25 years. After retiring from a career in law enforcement, he worked for Keyser Cadillac. In addition to being survived by his wife, Marilyn (Rybarczyk), Vic was a devoted father to Carol Daley, Karen (Jeff) Spence, Susan Daley, Kevin (Kathleen) Daley, Tricia (John) Polchowski, John (Shannen) Setlik, and Brian (April) Setlik; 16 grandchildren; brother of the late William (Madge) Peck; sisters Margaret Daley and Jean (late Jerry) Harwood; brother-in-law John (Diane) Rybarczyk; brother-in-law of the late Richard (Marjorie) Rybarczyk, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Vic was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association WNY Chapter #63, Harry Crosby Post 2472, American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, WNY Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel and Police Conference of New York.
October 10, 2018
ROBERT F. STUTT
Of the Town of Tonawanda, NY. Loving husband of Mary-Margaret "Mandy" (nee Jones) Stutt. Wonderful father of Christopher and Gregory Stutt. Cherished grandfather of Nicole. Dear brother of Joan Backlarz and Joyce Cianfrone. Caring brother-in-law of Elizabeth (Dan) Connors. Much loved uncle of many nieces and nephews. Bob was a US Army veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart Medal serving in Vietnam and a retired foreman of 39 years for the Highway Department of the Town of Tonawanda.
August 8, 2018
STEPHEN M. TUHOVAK
Age 88, of the Town of Tonawanda, NY, peacefully passed away August 8, 2018. Beloved husband of 62 years to Phyllis (Cooper) Tuhovak. Dear father of Stephen (Lynne), James and Cathy Tuhovak. Loving grandfather of Alexandra (Mario) Carvalhal, Victoria and Natassia Tuhovak. Brother of Helen (late Fred) Gregory of Kane, PA.
August 1, 2018
RAYMOND J. "BUDDY" TRENDLE
Age 74, of Buffalo, NY. Husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Repino) Trendle. Beloved father of Frank and Raymond Trendle and Christine Gallo; brother of Peter Trendle and Jane Gotowko; grandfather of Lynnsey, Alyssa, Benjamin, Brandon, Nicholas, Joseph, Louis, Emily, Raymond and Billy and great-grandfather of Daniel.
July 18, 2018
ROBERT P. BOYLE
Of Tonawanda, at the age of 83. Mr. Boyle was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a 25-year member of the American Legion.
May 19, 2018
NICHOLAS C. VENTOLA JR.
Of Tonawanda. Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Montaldi) Ventola; devoted father of Robert (Florence) Ventola and the late Robin Ortiz; cherished grandfather of Victor Ortiz, Emerald Ortiz and Nicholas A. Ventola; loving son of the late Josephine and Nicholas Ventola, Sr.; dear brother of Raymond, the late Katherine "Kitty", Lawrence and Robert; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Ventola was a veteran of the US Navy.
March 17, 2018
GORDON H. TRESCH
Age 96, of Kenmore, NY. Beloved husband of the late Mary Lou (nee Gleason); loving father of Gordon D. (Jennifer) Tresch and Deborah L. (Anthony) Pardi; adored grandfather of Erin (Dean) Anthony, Andrew (Jennet) Tresch, Matthew (Lindsay) Tresch, Lindsey Ball and Sarah Ball; great-grandfather of Madeline, Noah, Gabriel, Andrew, Talia and Nicholas; dear brother of the late Donald and Gerald Tresch. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins. Mr. Tresch was a WWII Veteran of the US Army Air Corps.
February 15, 2018
ROBERT G. HOWE
Beloved husband of Ruth; dear father of James (Diane) and John Howe; brother of the late Donald and Richard Howe; survived by nieces and nephews. Bob was a member and past County Commander of the Catholic War Vets, a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Braunshidle Post, Boys Scouts and St. Paul's Holy Name Society
December 21, 2017
JAMES J. BURNS
Beloved husband of the late Joan N. (nee Nehin) Burns; dear father of Kathleen (late David) Voigt, Sharon (Thomas) Fischer, Deborah (Donald) Houck, James J. (Maria) Burns Jr. and F. O'Brian (Kathy) Burns; loving grandfather of David (Anna) Voigt Jr., Thomas (Faye) Fischer Jr., Christian (Lisa) Voigt, Eric (Madeline) Fischer, Kristin (Benjamin) Tapia, Jessica (Robert) Spoor, Adam (Erin) Sassone, Kaitlin (John) Palmieri, Matthew (Krista) Voigt, Meghan (Michael) Lillis, Bridget Houck and Brenna (Donald) Brandt and great-grandfather of 25; dear brother of Thelma Frauenhofer and the late Maureen Day, Margaret Blackley, Edward, Robert, Vincent, Donald and Thomas Burns; survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was a proud veteran of the US Army during World War II and was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #0726.
December 8, 2017
Dear husband of the late Roberta; dear father of Mark C. (Vicki), Cynthia A. (John) McClellen, and Nancy M. (Rob) Bloomquist; also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother of Edward, Jack, late Thomas Raiff and Susan Sharp. Robert was Vice President of Urban Raiff & Sons, retiring in 1991. Robert, with his wife, traveled around the world making some life-long friends along the way. Robert loved to have a house filled with people, entertaining often. Robert was a member of the Ken-Ton Elks Lodge #1942.
December 7, 2017
ROBERT F. SCHULTZ
Of the Town of Tonawanda, NY; beloved husband of the late Marguerite (Szabo) Schultz; dear father of Gary (Barbara), Terry (Donna), Laurie Schultz and the late Linda Highland; loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brother of the late Norma (late George) Perkins. Mr. Schultz was a member of Ken-Ton Lodge #1186 F&AM, Buffalo Consistory, Ismailia Shrine, Kenmore Shrine Club, Harry E. Crosby Post #2472 VFW and the YMCA Equality Club. Mr. Schultz was a US Army Veteran of WW II.
December 2, 2017
Of Tonawanda, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on December 2, 2017 at the age of 92. Devoted husband of the late Anna (Kish) for 64 years. Son of the late Julia and George Buli. Cherished father of Joseph (Dee) Buli, Sharon Pagano and Brian (Michele) Buli. Beloved "Pop Pop" of Melissa West, Kate Buli, Erik Audare, Nick Andreanna, Joshua, Zachary and Jacob Buli. Mr. Buli was an Army Veteran of WWII, 1942-1945, landing in Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving one silver and two bronze stars. He was a member of the American Legion Brounschidle Post #205, VFW Tonawanda Post #7545, GCU and the NRA. He retired from GM after 30 years of service.
November 1, 2017
HAROLD J. LEGGETT Jr.
Of Kenmore, NY. at age 72, beloved husband of Cathy (nee Gawron); dear father of Harold III (Kimberly) and Joseph (Carolyn) Leggett; loving grandfather of Tucker, Molly, Samantha, Zoe and Timothy; dear brother of Sandra (late Robert) McCreadie and Bill (Patricia) Leggett; also survived by nieces and nephews. Harold was a proud Vietnam combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, a former Master of Occidental Lodge No. 766 F&AM and a Master Plumber of Local Union #36.
August 25, 2017
KENNETH V. JAMES
Of Wheatfield, NY. Beloved husband of Linda; loving father of Kenneth and Adam (Rose); cherished grandfather of Alexa and Colton; brother of Deborah (Craig) Henderson; survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Ken proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and retired from National Grid in 2006.
May 31, 2017
SAMUEL C. NICOSIA
Of Tonawanda, entered into rest May 31, 2017, beloved husband of the late Ida (nee Monteleone) Nicosia and Janette (nee Cimino) Nicosia; devoted father of James (Faith) Nicosia, Richard (Darlene) Nicosia, Elaine (Kurt) Nelson and the late Samuel C. Nicosia (late Linda Hopkins); cherished grandfather of James (Kim), Tammy (David), Amy (Billy), Michael (Joelle), Christine (Aaron) and Angelica; fond great- grandfather of D.J., Anthony, Juliana, Avery, Layla and Lylah; dear father-in-law of Nancy Nicosia; loving son of the late Samuel and Mary Nicosia; also survived by relatives and friends. Mr. Nicosia served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
May 30, 2017
STEVEN GARY MAGARIS
Devoted husband of Diane M. (nee Barone) Magaris. Loving father of Shannon (Scott) McDonald, Shane (Melissa) Magaris and Derek Magaris. Dear Papa of Dylan, Cameron, Molly and Nikolas. Brother of Robert (Lynn) Magaris. Son of the late Steven and Dorothy Magaris and step son of George Luchak. Gary was a US Marine and a Vietnam War Veteran and a 35-year member and past President of Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.
May 23, 2017
RICHARD E. BERG
Beloved husband of the late Joyce M. Berg Devoted father of Richard J. and John E. Berg. Loving Grandfather of Carina Braymiller Richard L. (Krista), Julie (Shawn) Mullen and Melanie Joy and loving great grandfather of Kylee and Cianna Braymiller, Natalie, Ethen and Gavin Berg and Lila Joy Mullen. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Dick's memory to First Trinity Lutheran Church 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd. , Tonawanda, NY 14150 or Hospice Foundation of WNY.
May 14, 2017
ALBERT W. SHOTWELL
Beloved husband of Judith Holmes Shotwell; father of John O. and Mark (Charlene) Shotwell; grandfather of Amanda and Owen Shotwell; special uncle of Nancy Smalley; also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Shotwelll was a member of Erie Parish United Lodge #161 F.A.M. and worked for Niagara Mohawk for 43 years.
February 17, 2017
WILLIAM "BILL" LORD
Of Amherst, NY, past Commander of American Legion Brounshidle Post 205, loving father of Karen Lord and Amy (Bill) Welling; proud pop-pop of Phillip Welling; beloved uncle of Sharon Van Name and Shawn (Tamara) Conley.
December 29, 2016
ROSS F. MUNDIE
Age 82. Beloved husband of 57 years to Donna S. (nee Saalfield) Mundie; loving father of Jeffrey (Michele), Mark, Keith and Craig Mundie; cherished grandfather of Jessica, Lauryn, Darien, Evan and Tyler; caring brother of Patricia (Alan) Spitzer, Thomas (Katie), Bruce (Beth) Mundie and predeceased by the late Donald (late Betty) and John (Jean) Mundie; also survived by nieces and nephews. Ross was a member of the Brighton Senior Golf Club.
December 23, 2016
ROBERT J. BARRANTE
Of Buffalo, NY, beloved husband of the late Betty (Bowman) Barrante; dear father of Robert (Danielle) Barrante, John Barrante, Albert Barrante, Cora (Kenneth) Sciarrino, Sheila (James) Hickey, Richard (Yvonne) Treen, William Barrante, Cathryn (Michael) Shapiro and the late Susan Barrante; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Barrante was a member of American Legion M.J. Brounshidle Post No. 205.
December 11, 2016
EDWARD G. GULLIFORD
Beloved husband of Mona Gulliford; devoted father of Karen Gulliford, Marc (Diane) Gulliford and Molly (Andy) O'Connor; loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ed was a employee of New York Telephone and AT&T for 38 years.
December 10, 2016
ROBERT E. LEVULIS
Of Lackawanna, beloved husband of Helen (nee Barbic) Levulis; devoted father of Robert C. Levulis, Kathleen (Gregory) Michalek, Cheryl Levulis, and Donald Levulis; cherished grandfather of Gregory (Meredith), Geoffrey and Kathryn Michalek; cherished great-grandfather of Gregory III and Edward; dear brother of Frank (late Mary) Levulis, Lucy (late Ramon) Cabarga, late Carl (Irene) Levulis, late Stanley (Dorothy) Levulis and the late Alfred (Dorothy) Levulis; loving friend of Elizabeth Johnson.
November 8, 2016
THOMAS M. LUBY
Of Tonawanda, age 74, beloved husband of Shirley (nee Marrone) Luby; devoted father of Thomas J. (fiancee Sara Twichell) Luby, Michele (Patrick) Kennedy and Cheryl (Steve) Hellmig; loving grandfather of Joshua, McKenzie Kennedy, Liam and Colin Hellmig; dear brother of Catherine (Dr. Walter) Ceranski, Mary Ellen (Donald) Miller, James (late Michele) Luby, Colonel (Ret.) Jerome (Linda) Luby, Laura (Denis) Etzel, Martha (Joseph) Sowa and Timothy (Patricia) Luby; brother-in-law of Joyce (Robert) DeVallance; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
October 26, 2016
ROGER C. STELLRECHT
Of Kenmore, NY, dear father of Carl (Laura), Deborah Silvester, Karen Parks, Mark and Matthew (Michelle) Stellrecht; brother of Rodney (Biz), Bruce (Mary) Stellrecht and the late Elaine (Sandy) Campagna; also survived by 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Roger was a 32nd Degree Mason.
August 18, 2016
MANUEL F. NOVO
Beloved husband of 56 years to the late Shirley A. (nee Wells) Novo; dearest father of Michael Novo, Susan (Marty) Vaccaro, Kathleen (Peter) Abbate, Thomas Novo, Joseph (Diane) Novo, Nancy (Daniel) Bouley, Daniel (Jennifer) Novo and Matthew Novo; survived by 17 grandchildren and two great-grandsons; dear brother of Amelita Roth, Carmen Shepard and Helen Murray and the late Emilio and Raymond Novo, Lucy Volland, Pauline Kasper and Jim Novo; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
August 10, 2016
BARTLETT P. "BUD" VANDERMEER
Age 87, , Town of Tonawanda, beloved husband of Norma C. (nee Weil) Vandermeer; devoted father of William (Lynda) Vandermeer, Diane (Radcliffe) Dann, Virginia (Gerald) Schrembs; adored grandfather of Andrew, Peter, Eric, Justin, Tyler; stepgrandfather of Radcliffe (Kristin), Bradley (Risa); great grandfather of six; loving son of the late Bartlett and Loraine Vandermeer; stepson of the late Lawren Wood; dear brother of Daniel (Paula) Vandermeer; stepbrother of the late Jeffrey (late Beverly)Wood; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mr. Vandermeer was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired Westinghouse Engineer and was also a lifetime member of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Co., past Chief and Commissioner.
April 28, 1923 - August 8, 2016
Of Tonawanda, NY. Born in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Schifferli served with the Kenmore Police Department for 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was honored as Policeman of the Year in 1975. On its Facebook page, the Kenmore Police Department paid him tribute, noting: Bob practiced community policing long before today’s concept was born – his stories and jokes were endless.” He was a member of the Kenmore Police Benevolent Association, Police Conference of New York and the Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel. He was a 72-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, and drove his 1964 Ford Mustang every year in the Kenmore Memorial Day Parade, carrying the grand marshal. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Vivienne Ledoux; a daughter, Pamela Erhardt; two sons, Robert A. Jr. and John W. III; and four grandchildren.
August 4, 2016
WILLIAM E. BURANDT
Beloved husband of Claire S. (nee Siracuse); dear stepfather of Michael and Thomas Middleton and Susan (John) Hotaling; beloved Papa of Sydney Hotaling; brother of Joan (late John) Mihalics, Peggy (late Joseph) Zeranti, James (Sandra), Jane Burandt and the late Richard Burandt; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bill was a retired Erie County Deputy Sheriff.
October 29, 1925 - June 7, 2016
ROBERT J. FOX
Robert John Fox of Amherst and Clearwater, Fla., a retired insurance agency executive, died June 7 in his Amherst home. He was 90. Born in Buffalo, he left Kenmore High School to enlist in the Army Air Corps at age 17. He served in the 444th Bombardment Squadron in the Pacific during World War II and was stationed on the island of Tinian. He attained the rank of sergeant and took part in 13 missions. Returning from service, he earned his high school diploma and worked at Western Electric. In 1953, he began his insurance career with the McMahon Insurance Agency. In 1969, he was named president of the agency and in 1972 became president, chief executive officer and co-owner. Mr. Fox also started the Fox Insurance Agency in Clearwater, where he wintered for many years, and was instrumental in the formation of the EMS Group in Western New York. He retired in 1998. Active in St. Benedict Catholic Church, he was a member of the choir and the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Medallion Post 13, AMVETS, and Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Miriam Kirsch; three sons, Robert Jr., Gregory and Nicholas; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Joan; and seven grandchildren.
June 3, 2016
MICHAEL E. BEWICK
Beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Fagyas) Bewick; devoted father of Michael E. , Thomas J. (Jean) and Daniel P. (Annabel) Bewick; loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; dear brother of Patricia McDonald and the late John Bewick; brother-in-law of Judy Bewick, Fred (Linda) Fagyas, Stephen J. Fagyas, Jr., Judith Fagyas and the late Myron Fagyas; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.