Sept. 7, 1927 – Aug. 10, 2013
Walter J. Hahn of West Seneca, the former owner of Hamburg TV who was active in the community, died Aug. 10 in Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, Lackawanna. He was 85.
A native of Buffalo, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1945 and served as a radio operator aboard the USS Proteus, a Fulton class submarine tender, based in New London, Conn. He was discharged as a seaman second class in 1947.
Mr. Hahn worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Brewster Television before becoming the sole proprietor of Hamburg TV, which he owned and operated for 47 years before retiring and selling the business in 1998.
He joined the West Seneca Lions Club in 1959 and was a member for more than 50 years. He was chairman of a number of standing committees, served as president and was elected to the state board of governors.
Mr. Hahn was a lifelong member of Vigilant Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as chief, and was named Fireman of the Year in 1990. He also was an active member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ.
He was recognized by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce with the Outstanding Citizenship Award in 1975.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Eileen; a daughter, Lynn Pastrick; son, Larry; and three sisters, Beverly Bush, Margaret and Lorraine Wisler.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca.