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Ronald E. Wilson, Lackawanna police detective

Sept. 7, 1930 – Dec. 23, 2014

Ronald E. Wilson, a retired Lackawanna police detective, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his West Seneca home. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was the first baby baptized by Father Nelson Baker in Our Lady of Victory Basilica. He grew up in Lackawanna, was a graduate of Baker Victory High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. He served in the Air Force in Alaska during the Korean War.

After working at Bethlehem Steel, Mr. Wilson joined the Lackawanna Police Department as a patrolman in 1958. After he was promoted to detective, he served in the Youth Bureau. He retired in 1989.

He played for and managed many baseball, softball and basketball teams in Lackawanna.

In 2011, he was honorary grand marshal for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Shortest Parade in Lackawanna.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Florence B. “Bonnie” Granville-Gleisle; three daughters, Colleen Coughlin, Patricia Bennice and Eileen MacDonald; two sons, William and Ronald W.; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.

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