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William Ector Sr., 58, a social services worker, died Saturday (Sept. 22, 2001) in his Buffalo home after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1961 graduate of Lafayette High School and served in the Army from 1961 to 1967, stationed in France.

He attended Buffalo State College, Erie Community College and Empire State College.

Ector was a cottage manager for Father Baker Homes and a residential aide for Neighborhood House in the Fruit Belt. Most recently, he was a substance abuse counselor at City View Treatment Center at Sheehan Memorial Hospital until he retired due to illness last year. He worked as a volunteer for the Erie County Health Department's downtown clinic and for the AIDS Awareness Association. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church.

He and Jessie E. Coleman were married in 1973.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, William Jr. of Atlanta; his stepmother, Catherine of Buffalo; three brothers, Charlie Pierce of Kansas City, Mo., Kelvin Pierce of Fayetteville, Ga., and Earl Pierce of Buffalo; and four sisters, Josie Jackson and Mildred Smith, both of Buffalo, Rebina of Cincinnati and Roberta Collins of Atlanta.

Services will be held at noon Thursday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St., after a wake at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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