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JUNE 23, 1936 -- JULY 21, 2004

Services for Jerome "Jerry" Hirsch of Williamsville, who sold thousands of scanners, shorwave radios and other electronic items to Western New Yorkers for 44 years, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.

Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Hirsch, who was born in Williamsville, died Wednesday in his home after a brief illness. He was 68.

He was educated in Williamsville schools and after graduation, turned his hobby and interest in electronics into a business.

Mr. Hirsch, who opened Hirsch Electronics Sales Co. in 1961, was well known to firefighters and police officers as well as members of the media who bought their scanners and communications equipment from him. They frequented his store on California Drive in Williamsville because he not only sold them equipment but, in many cases, patiently explained how to use it.

Both customers and friends said there was merit to his claims of offering the largest selection of business, marine, amateur radio, CBs, scanners, shortwave, portables and mobile equipment in his area.

He was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Williamsville and the Williamsville Business Association.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rosemary Leech; a daughter, Jennifer Hannon; and a son, Richard, all of Williamsville; a sister, Jean Schaub of Rochester; and three grandchildren.


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