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William E. Schroer, retired Buffalo police lieutenant, pilot

June 15, 1926 – June 26, 2016

A memorial service for retired Buffalo Police Lt. William E. Schroer was conducted Wednesday in the Southtowns Chapel of the Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

A Buffalo native and founding member of the Buffalo Police Department’s Underwater Recovery Team, Schroer died Sunday at 90. He joined the Buffalo Police Department as a patrol officer on June 16, 1947, after serving in the Air Force during World War II. Before he retired as a lieutenant on Dec. 24, 1986, he also was a lieutenant on the Police Department’s motorcycle unit.

A South Park High School graduate who graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College in the mid-1970s, Schroer was an avid pilot who worked for a time as the “Eye in the Sky” for Buffalo’s Channel 2 television station, said Martha Schroer, his widow, on Thursday. After his retirement from the police force, Schroer worked as a substitute teacher at South Park High School for about 12 years, according to Mrs. Schroer.

During his retirement, Schroer was a volunteer with the Erie County Sheriff’s Aviation Division, Mrs. Schroer said. She said her husband of 32 years was an avid fisherman and boater.

Survivors, beside Schroer’s wife, include his 95-year-old sister, Helen Mazur.

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