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William F. Sterner, car dealership manager, active veteran

April 27, 1949 - April 14, 2017

SANBORN - William F. Sterner, a car dealership manager and Army veteran, died Friday in his Sanborn home while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 67.

A Niagara Falls native, Mr. Sterner graduated from Grand Island High School and the Harkness Career & Technical Center, where he was trained in heating and air-conditioning.

He was a Vietnam War-era veteran of the Army.

Mr. Sterner worked as a manager for Flanigan Chevrolet in North Tonawanda and at Mike Basil Chevrolet in Hamburg.

He enjoyed restoring vintage British cars and was an avid sailor, and a member of the Tuscarora Yacht Club. He served on the Sanborn Historical Society board and belonged to the Greater Niagara American Legion Riders Post 1451.

Mr. Sterner rode his motorcycle on 26 trips with the Patriot Guard, and participated in the 9/11 Memorial Ride to the three Sept. 11 crash sites – Shanksville, Pa., the Pentagon and the World Trade Center site. He also participated in Build Brigade, Building Homes for Veterans.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Deidra Petrakis; two daughters, Elena Sterner and Ana Bars; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth; two sisters, Mary Jean Arquisola and Beverly House; and four grandsons.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls.

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