William M. Kessler Sr., a retired Teamster and former chief of Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Company, died Sunday in his Elma home after a brief illness. He was 79.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Fourteen Holy Helpers School and was a graduate of Gardenville High School. He served in the Army stateside during World War II.
A member of Teamsters Local 375, he was a truck driver for Marty's Carting, Transamerican, Mushroom, Howard's and Stott-Davis. He retired in 1988.
Mr. Kessler was a life member of Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Company and formerly served as a commissioner for the Spring Brook Fire District.
He was a life member of the Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association and was a member of the Erie County Mutual Aid Fire Chiefs Association, the Erie County Fire Police Association, the New York State Fire Chiefs Association and several other firemen's organizations.
Also a life member of Post 8113, AMVETS, he served as provost marshal at the time of his death. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Blossom.
Mr. Kessler was an avid golfer with the Spring Brook Fire Company and Erie County Golden Agers golf leagues and enjoyed traveling and bowling.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, the former Ruth Offhaus; two sons, William Jr. and Michael; and three daughters, Barbara Hoffman, Patricia Milbrand and Dawn Saunders.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 360 Main St., Blossom.