Dec. 20, 1938 – April 28, 2017
Frederic Joseph Tedesco, of Orchard Park, an Erie County sheriff’s investigator who was active in the Windom Volunteer Fire Company, died unexpectedly Friday in Mercy Hospital. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, one of five children, he attended Kenmore High School, then enlisted in the Army, serving with the U.S. truce team in Korea and the NATO command in Izmir, Turkey. From 1961 to 1963, he was a military adviser in Vietnam.
He later served for 11 years in the Army Reserve, followed by stints in the New York Air National Guard and the New York Army National Guard.
Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Daemen College, then attended Erie Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in business administration.
Mr. Tedesco became a sheriff’s deputy in the mid 1980s, working as a dispatcher and with the narcotics unit. He retired in 2003, but returned to work part-time as an intelligence analyst and investigator.
He joined the Windom Volunteer Fire Company in 1971, serving in many positions, including emergency medical technician, truck lieutenant, rescue and fire captain, assistant chief and several terms as chief.
He also was a trustee, vice president and president of the fire company. He attended numerous special schools and seminars in fire fighting and law enforcement.
He received many awards, including the Joseph Wachowiak Outstanding Citizen Award in 1994 and the sheriff’s Dedicated Service Award in 2003.
His wife of 45 years, the former Kathleen Murry, died in 2009.
Survivors include two sons, William and Joseph; a niece and many cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.
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