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David Lee Torrey, National Guard pilot

Aug. 24, 1946 – July 23, 2016

David Lee Torrey of Lewiston died Saturday. He was 69.

Born in Olean, he grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Olean High School. Mr. Torrey received an associate degree in civil engineering from Alfred University in 1968.

In 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in order to participate in flight school and was drafted for Vietnam. He served in the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company, the Blackcats, as a Huey pilot.

Torrey married the former Roberta J. “Bobbie” Scott in 1969, and they were married 46 years until she died.

He worked as a civil service technician and instructor pilot for the New York Army National Guard based in Niagara Falls and retired in 1996 as a chief warrant officer. Mr. Torrey was appointed by the FAA in 1988 as a designated pilot examiner for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In 1992, he began flying for the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office as a special deputy.

Mr. Torrey joined the Youngstown Yacht club in 1990 and began sailing, racing and entertaining friends aboard his yachts. He also enjoyed riding across the country with his wife on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Survivors include a son, Derek; a sister, Christine Tincher; and a granddaughter.

Services will be private.

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