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William J. Jones, 74, of Cheektowaga, a retired Buffalo police officer and decorated Coast Guard veteran of World War II, died Thursday (Sept. 14, 2000) in Sisters Hospital after a long illness.

Jones was a native of Buffalo and a lifelong Western New Yorker. For 22 of his 31 years with the Buffalo Police Department, he served in the Accident Investigation Unit. He retired in 1986.

He worked at the old Cold Spring Station and at Precinct 3 before being promoted to the Accident Investigation Unit in about 1964.

A graduate of St. Mary Magdalene School and Seneca Vocational High School, Jones was in the Coast Guard from June 1943 to November 1945. At the time he was discharged, he was a steward's mate first class. His medals included the Bronze Star.

Jones was a member of the Police Benevolent Association, the Western New York Association of Retired Police Officers and the senior citizens club at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Cheektowaga.

He had lived in Cheektowaga since 1969.

"He was a great man and a gentleman," said a son, Kenneth W. of the Town of Tonawanda. "He loved to travel. He and my mother took many trips during his 14 years of retirement."

Surviving, in addition to Jones' son Kenneth, are his wife of 54 years, Anne Napora Jones; a daughter, Darlene A. Leahy of West Seneca; another son, Gary L. of Cranford, N.J.; a sister, Alice Jones Collins of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, James of North Fort Myers, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Philip the Apostle Church, Cheektowaga, after prayers in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, Cheektowaga. Burial was in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.

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