April 28, 1923 – Aug. 8, 2016
Robert A. Schifferli Sr., a retired Kenmore police officer and a World War II veteran, died Monday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a short illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of Kenmore High School and served as a Navy aviation ordnanceman second class aboard the USS Wasp in the Pacific with his twin brother, John Jr. “Jack.”
Mr. Schifferli served with the Kenmore Police Department for 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was honored as Policeman of the Year in 1975.
On its Facebook page, the Kenmore Police Department paid him tribute, noting: “Bob practiced community policing long before today’s concept was born – his stories and jokes were endless.”
He was a member of the Kenmore Police Benevolent Association, Police Conference of New York and the Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel.
He was a 72-year member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, and drove his 1964 Ford Mustang every year in the Kenmore Memorial Day Parade, carrying the grand marshal.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Vivienne Ledoux; a daughter, Pamela Erhardt; two sons, Robert A. Jr. and John W. III; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.