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Henry S. Wall, former prisoner of war, celebrity chauffeur

July 9, 1924 – Oct. 28, 2014

Henry S. Wall, a World War II veteran and onetime chauffeur for singer Kate Smith, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Mr. Wall, a Buffalo native who was educated at Nichols School and Colgate University, served in the Army from March 1943 to November 1945.

During the Battle of the Bulge, he was captured behind enemy lines and remained a prisoner until the war ended.

When he returned to the United States, he was sent to Lake Placid for rehabilitation.

He enjoyed his assignment as the car and boat chauffeur for singer Kate Smith, the “Songbird of the South.”

He worked as the manager of Grayoc Dairy in East Aurora, and then for many years as a food broker for Blackman and Ebsary in Buffalo.

Mr. Wall was married to the former Jane Hawley for 56 years, until her death nine years ago.

The couple always had two springer spaniels, owning a total of 14 dogs over the years.

Mr. Wall enjoyed skiing, golfing, pheasant hunting and swimming at the East Aurora Swimming Club.

He is survived by two sons, John and Philip; and a sister, Charlotte Gibbons.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at noon Nov. 15 at the East Aurora Country Club, 300 Girdle Road, East Aurora.