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Norman E. Byer, former volunteer fire company president <br> May 17, 1934 -- June 25, 2007

Norman E. Byer, a past president of Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company and a member for 42 years, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital of heart failure. He was 73.

The Town of Tonawanda resident was a graduate of Kenmore High School and Erie Community College. He also served four years in the Air Force.

Mr. Byer was employed as a construction electrician by Local 41 of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and served as the local's credit union loan officer for 13 years. He also was a board member of Local 41 Retirees.

Mr. Byer was a 25-gallon blood donor to the Red Cross.

He and his wife, the former Barbara Sloan, whom he married Nov. 17, 1961, were founders of Retarded Children's Fund "at a time," she said, "when people were just beginning to bring their retarded children out of the closet."

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Linda Byer-Kopcho and Chery Byer; a son, Richard Byer; a brother, David Byer; and a sister, Joyce McMahon.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.


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