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Donald Wesley Messer, 70, formerly of Tuscarora Road, who retired from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission as a janitor, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 1997) in Niagara Lutheran Home in Buffalo after a brief illness.

He was born in Niagara Falls, Ont., and attended schools there before moving to Niagara Falls in 1938.

During the 1950s, Messer worked for a greeting card company and received an award for being the top salesman nationwide. He then joined a newly formed employment group for handicapped workers, where he was employed for several years.

He then worked as a janitor/handyman for the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, retiring in 1989 after 25 years of service.

Messer was an avid Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills fan, and also enjoyed many social and church activities. He was a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls.

Survivors include a brother, Hugh C. Sr. of Niagara Falls.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Otto Redanz LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.


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