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Donald L. Creasey, funeral director, civic leader March 1, 1930 -- May 8, 2012

Donald L. Creasey, who served as mayor, alderman and city clerk of the City of Tonawanda, died Tuesday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Mr. Creasey operated Hilliard-Creasey Funeral Home in the City of Tonawanda with his son, David.

Born in the City of Tonawanda, the son and grandson of funeral directors, he was a graduate of Tonawanda High School and served in the Army in the Korean War. He was a graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse.

A Republican, he served for four years as 2nd Ward alderman before he was elected mayor in 1965. He was re-elected in 1967, lost a primary contest and a third-party bid for the office in 1969, then ran unsuccessfully for another term as mayor in a three-way contest in 1971.

A strong proponent of the city's redevelopment efforts, he also was chairman of the urban renewal agency. He was named city clerk in 1977 and served until the mid-1980s.

Mr. Creasey was a member of First Presbyterian Church; Ken-Ton Lodge 1186, Free & Accepted Masons; Tonawanda Keystone Chapter 71, Royal Arch Masons; Tonawanda Commandery 78, Knights Templar; Ismailia Shrine Temple; the Buffalo Consistory; the Tonawanda-Grand Island Shrine Circus; the Tonawanda Historical Society; the Elks Club; and the Eldridge Club.

He also was a member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion; Frontiersmen Post 7545, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Last Man's Club; and National Hose Company No. 1.

He was a former member of the board of directors of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, was a past president of the Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce and had a 30-year perfect attendance record with the Lions Club of the Tonawandas. He was a member of the International Order of the Blue Gavel.

He was a member of the Swiftwater Power Squadron and served as commodore of the LaSalle Yacht Club in 1999-2000. He also coached Tonawanda Little League baseball.

Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Swayze; two daughters, Mary Downing and Tracy Rusin; and three sons, Michael, David and Roger Lund.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

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