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Robert C. Reynolds, longtime Buffalo police officer

Dec. 3, 1930 – Nov. 12, 2016

Robert C Reynolds

Robert C Reynolds


Robert C. Reynolds, of Orchard Park, a retired Buffalo police officer, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, the son of a Buffalo police officer, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. Before joining the Buffalo Police Department in 1960, he operated a Dairy Queen shop on Kenmore Avenue.

Assigned to the Traffic Division, Mr. Reynolds directed cars and pedestrians for many years at the bustling downtown intersection of Court and Pearl streets. Well-liked by downtown workers, he was the subject of a television news feature after he planted flowers at his post.

He retired in 1995.

A former Mason, he was a parishioner at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orchard Park.

For many years, he maintained a camper trailer at Knights Hideaway in Ridgeway, Ont.

His first wife, Marlene V. Reynolds, died in 1993. In 1994, he married Rose Anzalone-Leskiw, and they traveled extensively, including trips to Europe, Australia and China.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Debra Abbott, Janet Haas and Elaine Gurrant; a son, John S.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation and services will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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