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Albert F. Mattison, mayor of Falconer for 16 years <br> June 12, 1924 -- April 11, 2007

Services for former Falconer Mayor Albert F. "Abe" Mattison will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 20 N. Phetteplace St.

He died Wednesday afternoon in his home after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Mr. Mattison was elected mayor of Falconer in 1987 and served for 16 years, changing party affiliations in his later years from Republican to Democrat. He retired in 2003 due to ill health.

As mayor, he oversaw building of a new fire hall, raised private funds to renovate the village library and helped develop a historic preservation program. One of his main achievements was finding a new tenant for the former National Worsted Mills factory.

"Abe was well loved by everybody," said Ellicott Supervisor Pat Tyler. "He just knew how to make people work together, and that was one of his greatest assets."

Tyler cited the work Mr. Mattison did as a member of the "Metro 6," a group of mayors from the Jamestown area who met to discuss mutual issues. He also served as president of the Chautauqua Conference of Mayors. In 2004, Chautauqua County renamed Millrace Park off Everett Street in the village in his honor.

Born in Bemus Point, he enlisted in the Army after graduating from Falconer High School in 1942. He served with the 101st Airborne Division, trained as a paratrooper, and later served with the Glider Division and took part in the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach. He also played with the 101st Airborne Artillery Band.

After the war, he was an independent lay minister in Clark's Corners, Brocton and Warren, Pa., before returning to Jamestown to work with the pastor of First Lutheran Church.

Mr. Mattison served as executive director of Southern Chautauqua County Chapter, American Red Cross, from 1952 to 1957, then moved to Lancaster, Pa., where he was an associate Lutheran minister and became director of United Community Services.

He moved to Manchester, N.H., in 1965 to be executive of United Community Services there. From 1976 to 1982, he served as vice president of the American City Bureau in Chicago, traveling nationwide as a management and development consultant to not-for-profit organizations.

In 1982, he returned to Falconer and established the Mattison Group, serving as a development consultant to hospitals, schools and YMCA branches. He retired in 2002.

He served for many years on the board of directors of Hospice of Chautauqua County and was its president for two years.

Mr. Mattison was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and life member of Henry Mosher Post 638, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Caryl Peterson; two sons, Gale and Dr. Timothy; a brother, Frederick E.; and a sister, Martha.


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