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Richard E. Berg, 90, retired Tonawanda municipal worker, dies

April 16, 1927 – May 23, 2017

Richard E. “Dick” Berg, a Town of Tonawanda municipal worker who revised the town’s traffic signals and installed the jet plane in the town’s veterans’ memorial, died May 23 in his Town of Tonawanda home under hospice care. He was 90.

Born in Albany, he attended schools there and joined the Army at the end of World War II. He served with the occupying forces in Germany in the 1st Engineer Combat Battalion and was tool room manager.

Returning from service, Mr. Berg came to Buffalo with his father to find jobs. He worked for General Motors, then became a mechanic and electrician for the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department. He was president of the original Town of Tonawanda Employees Association in 1956.

In the early 1960s, after the town arranged to receive a Navy Blue Angel jet plane, he drove the flatbed truck that carried it past flag-waving crowds along Colvin Boulevard and helped install it on its base in the park at Colvin and Brighton Road.

In 1974, he went to work for the Police Department in the Traffic Signal Division and updated the town’s traffic light system. He served as president of the International Municipal Signal Association Empire Section in 1978-79 and is a life member. He retired in 1988.

He also worked a number of part-time jobs as an electrician and mechanic, notably for Double D Trailer on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where he repaired trailers and installed hitches.

He was a member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion and First Trinity Lutheran Church.

An avid camper, in retirement he and his wife toured every state in the nation except Alaska.

His wife of nearly 60 years, the former Joyce Mason, died in 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Richard J. and John E.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were private.

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