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A memorial service for Edward R. Woelfle, a runner and a retired Buffalo Parks Department worker, was held last Thursday in Plymouth United Church of Christ.

Woelfle died unexpectedly Oct. 14, 2001, in his North Buffalo home. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a construction worker for several years. He joined the Parks Department staff in 1961 and retired in 1988. In retirement, he worked part time at the Delaware Park Golf Course.

He was one of the parks workers who testified against former Parks Commissioner Robert Delano, telling a jury in 1992 that Delano had ordered him and others to dump calcium chloride on the ice in Delaware Park Lake in the mid-1980s to ruin it for ice skating.

A familiar figure running and walking on the Delaware Park Ring Road regardless of the weather, he took up running in the late 1970s to lose weight. A member of the Checkers Athletic Club, he ran many races, including the Boston Marathon.

In 1981, he finished the 26-mile Skylon Marathon in 2 hours, 58 minutes. He also was the winner in his age group in the 50-mile race in Delaware Park, completing the run in 7 hours, 38 minutes.

He was a member of Plymouth United Church of Christ.

Surviving are a brother, Thomas of Buffalo, and two sisters, Lucille Callea and Sandra Beck, both of Buffalo.


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