Fred Wishnoff, a retired Internal Revenue Service agent and U.S. Army veteran of World War II, died Saturday (Feb. 3, 2001) in his East Amherst home after a long illness. He was 85.
He was also a longtime registered public accountant and a former comptroller of Reliance Paper Co. in New York City.
A resident of the Buffalo area for the past 14 years, Wishnoff was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx, where he played baseball as a youth with future Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.
He earned a bachelor's degree in social science and a master of business administration degree in accounting from City College of New York, which he attended with actors Cornel Wilde and Zero Mostel.
Wishnoff was a chemical weapons instructor in the Army before serving in the 44th Artillery Division in the European Theater during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant.
He worked as a public accountant for many years before becoming comptroller of Reliance Paper in 1962. He joined the IRS as an agent in 1968, working in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie and Saratoga before his retirement in 1983.
"He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and an avid animal lover throughout his life," said his daughter, Flory Herman of Amherst.
Survivors also include Wishnoff's wife of 52 years, the former Sylvia Shlengel; a son, Alan of Clarence; a brother, Emanuel of Saratoga; and two grandchildren.
Services were held today in Amherst Memorial Chapel, Getzville. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.