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William J. Ledingham, 79, of 10th Street, who worked as a machinist and later in the mail department at the former Airco Speer Co., died Sunday (Sept. 26, 1999) in the Schoellkopf Health Center after a long illness.

Ledingham, who was known as Rusty, was born in Copper Cliff, Ont., and moved to Niagara Falls with his family as a child. He lived in the health care facility for the last year.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a young man and in the merchant marine.

At one time, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing softball and boxing. Most of all, he enjoyed talking about his experiences while serving in the Army during World War II, a period when he also boxed.

Ledingham retired in 1985 after 20 years with from former Airco Speer Co.


His wife of 44 years, the former Adele Zykas, died in 1985.

Survivors include a son, Randy; a daughter, Linda Paterson of St. Catharines, Ont.; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a dear friend, Lottie Nowak. A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 27th and Niagara streets. Burial will be private.


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