Wesley J. "Mac" McEntarfer died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 1990) in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
A native of Evanston, Ill., McEntarfer spent his youth in Michigan and Montana and graduated from Knox (Pa.) High School.
A 1950 graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, McEntarfer owned and operated Bremer Pharmacy in Fredonia and Brocton Pharmacy from 1960 to 1977.
McEntarfer was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in France and Scotland, and the Korean War. He received a commendation for participating in the Christmas Eve rescue of survivors of the Leopoldville, a U.S. troop ship that sank in the English Channel. During the Korean War he served aboard the USS Saipan.
McEntarfer moved to Fredonia in 1956. He also worked as a pharmacist at Collins Correctional Facility, Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda, Brooks Memorial Hospital and the Chautauqua County Home, both in Dunkirk, and the pharmacy of Tops Markets. He also worked for McEntarfer Apothecary, a Fredonia pharmacy owned by his son Michael.
McEntarfer was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as church treasurer. He also was president of the Fredonia Rotary Club.
An active Mason, he served as secretary of the Lake Shore Shrine Club. He also was a member of Forest Lodge 166 and Ismailia Shrine Temple. As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, he served as patron and associate grand sentinel for New York State.
He and his wife, the former Patty Haas, were married 53 years.
Survivors also include two sons, David of Forestville and Michael; a sister, Edith Anderson of Wesleyville, Pa., and a brother, the Rev. Martin of Riverside, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
A service will be scheduled. He requested that his body be donated to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.