Aug. 25, 1932 – May 19, 2016
Kenneth J. Meyers, one of the best known figures in Cheektowaga politics and the town’s supervisor from 1976-1983, died Thursday at Williamsville View Manor in Amherst after a short illness. He was 83.
During his tenure Mr. Meyers presided over a host of town infrastructure improvements as well as coping with the Blizzard of ’77. Following his defeat in 1983, he told The Buffalo News he believed new sewer construction, parks improvements, better programs for the elderly, an improved police department and reduced costs made the town “a better place to live.”
He said he looked at his town responsibilities similarly to his private-sector job as an electrician.
“When you do something, it’s either going to fall down, blow up or somebody’s going to tell you to change it,” he said then. “I’m proud of what we’ve done over the eight years.”
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Seneca Vocational High School and served in the Navy from 1953 to 1955. He was an electrician for more than 50 years as a member of Local 41.
Mr. Meyers was also well known in the community as a member of the Francis Donovan Post, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Knights of Columbus, Cheektowaga Historical Society, and founder of the Cheektowaga Patriotic Committee and Beverly Hills Athletic Association.
A member of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church for 58 years, he belonged to its Holy Name Society and received its Man of the Year Award. He served as parish lawn fete chairman and founded the 52 Week Club.
Mr. Meyers served three terms as Cheektowaga Democratic chairman, and was councilman before becoming supervisor in 1976. He also worked as a bingo inspector.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Carroll; a daughter, Lisa Meyers-Alessi; three sons, Guy, Marc and Timothy; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.