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Melvin S. Shriver, ‘the Colonel,’ former steelworker

Jan. 28, 1931 – April 25, 2013

Melvin S. Shriver, a longtime switchman and conductor at Republic Steel, died Thursday at his home in Depew after a long illness. He was 82.

Mr. Shriver began working at Republic Steel in 1948 and took a second full-time job at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in 1969. To further provide for his seven children, he worked part-time as a Buffalo Taxi cab driver on weekends. After the plant closed in 1984, he worked as a housekeeper with Global Concepts for almost 10 years.

Mr. Shriver lived much of his life in South Buffalo, where he was nicknamed “the Colonel” by neighborhood children. He was known for his meticulously groomed handlebar mustache, his beautifully cultivated rose bushes and his love of old automobiles.

Mr. Shriver was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church and St. Simon Episcopal Church. He was also a longtime member of the National Rifle Association, the AARP and the Handyman’s Club.

His wife of 56 years, the former Lowella Weaver, died in 2007.

He is survived by five sons, Melvin, Ronald, Dennis, William and Christopher; two daughters, Darlene and Mary Mazurek; and two sisters, Henrietta Weaver and Irma Pisano.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., Buffalo.

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