Raymond W. Shear, a decorated World War II veteran, died Jan. 18, 2000, in Fiddler's Green Manor Nursing Home in Springville after a long illness. He was 74.
A life-long Buffalo area resident, Shear graduated from Riverside High School and attended the University of Buffalo.
From March 1944 to December 1945, Shear served in the U.S. Army's 120th Infantry, 30th Division. He received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart, the American Theater ribbon, the European/African/Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with three bronze stars, and the Victory Medal.
He retired in the 1970s from Exxon on River Road in Tonawanda as an office worker.
He was a member of the Lake Erie region of the Antique Car Club of America. He was a scout leader of Troop 58 in Buffalo during the 1950s and was Scout Master and Explorer adviser at Troop 286 in the Town of Tonawanda. Also, he was a Boy Scout Merit Badge counselor and an Explorer adviser for Ken-Ton Post 228, and he was on the Greater Niagara Frontier Council and the Jamboree staff.
He was the president of the Resident Council of Fiddler's Green and a member of Springville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5260 and the American Legion Concord Post 431.
He is survived by two brothers, Frederick of North Boston and Norman of North Tonawanda, and two sisters, Florence Coons of Venice, Fla., and Carolyn Winter of Grand Island.
A memorial service will be offered at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in Brighton Community Church in the Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Park, North Tonawanda.