William H. Zacher, who developed and operated nursing homes in Western New York and Florida, died Dec. 23 after a brief illness. He was 74.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Zacher graduated from Nichols School and earned a civil engineering degree from Bucknell University and a master's degree from the University at Buffalo.
Mr. Zacher worked in family construction business and built the first privately operated nursing home, Amherst Nursing Home, in 1963. He also developed and ran other area nursing homes, including Manhattan Manor and Ridge View Manor in Buffalo, Williamsville View Manor, Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home, The Courtyards in Hamburg and Sheridan Manor Nursing Home in the Town of Tonawanda.
Mr. Zacher also opened Crystal Palms, an assisted-living facility in Lake Worth, Fla., in 1993.
At its peak, his enterprises served 915 senior citizens in Western New York and South Florida.
Mr. Zacher served the on Nichols School Alumni Board and its board of trustees. He also was active with the Adam Walsh Foundation throughout the 1990s.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Judy L. Heimgartner; two daughters, Wendy Hammond and Laura Otterbein; and a son, Rick.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville.