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Norbert E. Weckerle, WWII veteran, retired insurance executive

Dec. 14, 1922 – Jan. 27, 2015

Norbert E. Weckerle of Amherst, a World War II veteran and retired insurance executive, died Tuesday in Elderwood Health Care at Oakwood in Williamsville after a long illness. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Canisius High School and attended Canisius College before joining the U.S. Army in 1942. He was stationed in England from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.

After his military service, he returned to college, earning a bachelor of science degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Weckerle, a chartered life underwriter, began his career in insurance with John Hancock Insurance before establishing his own agency, N.E. Weckerle Insurance in Amherst.

He also operated the Brick House, a well-known seasonal firewood supply and delivery company serving Buffalo and the northern suburbs.

A lifelong supporter and champion for his son James, who has Down syndrome, Mr. Weckerle was passionately involved with the Special Olympics and an active volunteer at the Cantalician Center for Learning.

An avid sportsman, he coached Little League baseball and enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling. He was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Benedict Catholic Church, the Alhambra, and the Optimists.

He volunteered with many organizations, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Marie Bourdon; two sons, Robert and James; three daughters, Karen Braithwaite, Linda Roach and Donna; a brother, Francis; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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