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William P. Ackendorf, Niagara Mohawk area manager

March 28, 1924 – Aug. 4, 2013

William P. Ackendorf, of Williamsville, who served as Buffalo-area general manager for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he studied electrical engineering and drafting at Buffalo Technical High School and began his career at Niagara Mohawk as a draftsman in 1942.

Mr. Ackendorf was named manager of the Tonawanda district in 1967, Buffalo area manager in 1968 and general manager in 1972. He was appointed manager of system consumer services in Syracuse in 1982 and retired in 1984.

He served on the board of directors of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, was chairman of the Community Advisory Council of the University at Buffalo and was division chairman for United Way drives in Dunkirk-Fredonia, the Tonawandas and Buffalo. He also was very active with the Lutheran Church.

A longtime member of the Rotary Club in several communities, he was a former president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo and a Paul Harris Fellow.

In retirement, he lived in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., for nearly 20 years.

He returned to the Buffalo area following the death of his wife of 51 years, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hoehn Ackendorf, in 2004.

Survivors include three sons, William F., Paul M. and John M.; and a sister, Ruth H. Grundon.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 68 Eagle St., Williamsville.

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