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Edward Will, NiMo lineman, sailor, woodworker

Nov. 22, 1945 – Jan. 24, 2015

Edward D. Will, a lineman for Niagara Mohawk Power Co. who was an expert sailor and woodworker, died Jan. 24 in his Dunkirk home after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Mr. Will, who was born in Buffalo, graduated from Lake Shore Central High School, where he ran on the track team and competed in the pole vault. He was first employed at the Ford Motor Co. Buffalo Stamping Plant. He then started work for Niagara Mohawk as a meter reader.

In 1966, Mr. Will was drafted into the Army and attained the rank of specialist first class. After a tour in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1967.

Upon returning to Niagara Mohawk, Mr. Will attended school to become a lineman. In 1986, he was promoted to supervisor of transmission and distribution for the Fredonia region of Niagara Mohawk. He retired in 2000.

Mr. Will had a love for the water and spent many hours snorkeling and scuba diving. After retirement, he realized a lifelong dream to purchase a Monk Trawler and travel down the Erie Canal and Intracoastal Waterway to spend the winter in the Bahamas. He also enjoyed sailing and shared his passion with many. He could be found racing Shark sailboats on Wednesdays and Sundays.

A consummate carpenter and woodworker, Mr. Will helped design and finish the work on his dream house on Lake Erie in Dunkirk in 1988. He built many model ships, crafted sailing trophies, created several pieces of fine furniture, rebuilt three Shark sailboats and worked with friends for several years to restore a John Alden 1927 Malabar Junior sailboat christened Muirgen.

Mr. Will also enjoyed trips to Canada to fish and out west to hunt. He helped construct a family cabin in Caneadea, where he spent time and hunted with his father and godson.

He also enjoyed Corvettes, especially his 1952 MG TD.

Each year Mr. Will took winter trips to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where he put many of his skills to good use and developed numerous friendships.

He was a member the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a member of the Dunkirk Yacht Club, where he served on the board of directors, and was commodore in 1987 and dock master from 2005 to 2014. He also was a member of the International Order of the Blue Gavel, the Loyal Order of the Moose and the National Rifle Association of America.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Joan Lemmler Will; a sister, Judy Fuerst; and a brother, Rodney.

A memorial service will be scheduled for the spring.

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