Nov. 26, 1922 – Nov. 10, 2016
Paul F. Boeckel, of Buffalo, retired president and owner of Frontier Refrigeration Corp., died Thursday in the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Snyder and graduated in 1940 from Amherst High School. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II. A specialist in aircraft communications, he attained the rank of sergeant.
Returning from service, he attended the University of Buffalo and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. At the age of 29, he contracted polio, was hospitalized for six months and lost the use of his left arm.
Mr. Boeckel went on to own his own business, Frontier Refrigeration Corp., then worked as a manufacturer’s representative for True Temper Corp. He retired in 1987.
In retirement, he obtained his real estate license and was a realtor for Hunt Real Estate for many years.
He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. He was a past member of the University Club, the Cherry Hill Club and the Rotary Club of Buffalo.
He spent more than 55 summers with family at his cottage at Sugarloaf Farm, Port Colborne, Ont. He enjoyed telling jokes, playing bridge, fixing broken items, visiting antique stores and collecting stamps.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, the former Elizabeth “Bette” Treiber; three sons, Read P., Peter A. and Stuart A.; a daughter, Holly B. Allen; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.