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July 19, 1926 – Oct. 3, 2012
John L. Hilliard Sr., a Navy veteran of World War II, died Wednesday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park after a brief illness. He was 86.
Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Hilliard served as an aviation gunnery instructor in Pensacola, Fla., during World War II.
During a lengthy working career that took him many places, Mr. Hilliard worked approximately 24 years as a building manager for the Niagara Falls Board of Education and was a former events coordinator for the city’s convention center. During the 1960s and ’70s, he was an auxiliary police officer for the city, attaining the rank of inspector.
Mr. Hilliard also worked as an operations manager for the Boulevard Mall in Amherst and the Tucson Mall in Arizona. He retired in the 1990s from Olympia & York in Connecticut.
He was a competitive pistol shooter and won many individual awards, including some in international competition. He was a member of Post 527, American Legion, in Hamburg and was a past commander of an American Legion post in Niagara Falls.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Jean C. Schulz; two daughters, Sandra Lozoya and Janelle Kulesza; and a son, John L. Jr.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3487 N. Boston Road, Eden.