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Norman J. Forster, Harrison Radiator retiree

April 19, 1927 - Sept. 21, 2012

Norman J. Forster, of Getzville, a retired worker at the former Harrison Radiator plant in Lockport, died Friday in St. John the Baptist Hospice House. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he served stateside as a seaman first class in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Forster earned an associate degree in technology from Erie County Technical Inistitute, which he attended at night while working a full-time day job.

He began work at Harrison Radiator in 1957 and retired as a tinsmith group leader at the plant in 1999.

He volunteered his talents and time making retirement plaques that were presented to other retirees at Harrison Radiator.

Mr. Forster served as an auxiliary police officer for the Town of Amherst. He also served as a court bailiff, as well as in other law enforcement functions in the U.S. and Canada.

He earned marksmanship trophies through his participation in the International Police Pistol League.

Mr. Forster was a member of the Getzville Volunteer Fire Company.

He was also a volunteer at the Niagara Aerospace Museum, where he shared his knowledge and expertise toward the restoration of vintage airplanes that were on display.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Joan C. Pridle; a daughter, Linda A.; a son, Michael J.; and a sister, Dorothy Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.

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