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George E. MacPeek, who spent 50 years in the fire service and served as county commissioner of emergency services, died Monday (Nov. 25, 2002) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness.

MacPeek, 68, retired in 2000 as Town of Lancaster director of disaster preparedness, a position he held for eight years.

He was a 50-year member of the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department and served as chief from 1957 to 1963 and president from 1965 to 1968. He was president of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association in 1971 and received its 1976 Fire Service Award. He was one of the organizers and first chairman of the Erie County Fire Safety Council and from 1978 to 1979 was president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

He was the county's first commissioner of emergency services from 1986 to 1988, having previously served as director of the Office of Disaster Preparedness.

At the time of his death, MacPeek also served as Lancaster safety coordinator.

In 1981 he was honored with a resolution by the State Legislature for his years of fire service.

He was employed as a sales representative for Brownies Uniform Co. from 1989 to 1994.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Monin; a daughter, Deborah Peters of Depew; three sons, George and Michael, both of Cheektowaga and Robert of Lancaster; two sisters, Patricia Reiner of Buffalo and Virginia Stephens of Florida; three brothers, Robert of Lancaster, Nelson of Lyndonville and William of Williamsville; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church, Genesee Street, Bowmansville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.


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