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Carlton A. Witt, retired Buffalo police officer; Aug. 8, 1926 -- April 9, 2011

Carlton A. Witt, a retired Buffalo police officer, died April 9 in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 84.

Born in Poughkeepsie, Mr. Witt, known as Carl, was raised in Buffalo. He graduated from Kensington High School in 1944, then served in the Navy during World War II. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

In 1950, Mr. Witt was hired as a Buffalo police officer and he spent his entire career working out of Precinct 8, Fillmore Avenue and Broadway. Mr. Witt walked the beat for many years, concluding his career as a desk lieutenant in 1983 after 33 years of service.

Mr. Witt, who lived in Orchard Park, was active in the community over the years. He was a member of the United Church Home, St. Peter's United Church of Christ, the Orchard Park Masonic Lodge and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed gardening, golfing and woodworking. In his later years, he liked to paint, play bocce ball and bowl in his church league.

Mr. Witt is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, the former Elinor Ruppert; a daughter, Linda; and three sons, Dennis, Ron and Doug.

Services were Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home's Quinn Southtowns Chapel, Orchard Park.


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