Sept. 19, 1936 – April 30, 2015
Richard H. Bodhorn of Orchard Park, a retired business owner and former Orchard Park fire chief, died Thursday in his home after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School and served as a master sergeant in the New York Army National Guard 152nd Armored Engineer Battalion from 1952 to 1959 and 1962 to 1964.
He was owner of Buffalo Sweeping Compound Co., located on Elk Street, which his father started in 1929. The business specialized in manufacturing and industrial supplies and wholesale janitorial equipment. He served as president from 1962 to 1966, retiring in 1996.
A lifetime member and past chief of the Orchard Park Fire Company, he was a member of the New York State Association Fire Chiefs, Elks Lodge and American Legion.
He and his wife of 55 years, the former Patricia M. Carroll, had wintered in Clermont, Fla., for more than 30 years. She died in July 2011.
Survivors include a son, Patrick Ronald; a daughter, Darlene Waldmiller; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.