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May 21, 1938 – Nov. 17, 2012

LOCKPORT – Town Councilman Paul H. Pettit died of cancer Saturday in Niagara Hospice House. He was 74.

His daughter Diane Sy said Mr. Pettit thought he had beaten the disease nine years ago, but last year it recurred.

Despite his failing health, Mr. Pettit missed few Town Board meetings. First using a cane, then a walker and finally a wheelchair, he continued to attend and keep tabs on the town where he had lived since 1964.

He was on hand for his last meeting Nov. 7, casting his vote in favor of the 2013 town budget.

“He showed an awful lot of grace,” Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Tuesday. “He was very good about staying on top of all town business. He chose not to speak that night, but we were having conversation with him before and after the meeting, and he was his old self.”

“He was always involved and never did anything half-hearted,” Mrs. Sy said.

Mr. Pettit was first elected to the Town Board in 1997 and had served on the Zoning Board of Appeals before that. During his Town Board tenure, he had a brief stint as acting supervisor after the resignation of J.O. Thompson.

He was born in Medina and graduated from Medina High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute, and later took graduate courses at Ohio State University.

Mr. Pettit, a mechanical engineer, worked at Harrison Radiator Division, later Delphi Thermal Systems, for 36 years. He retired in 2000.

He was a member of Lockport Alliance Church, and a member and secretary of the Waterford Estates Board of Managers.

His wife of 43 years, Kathleen R., died in 2003.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane Sy, Molly Dewey and Martha Putnam; two sons, Paul and Thomas; two sisters, Roberta Furness and Kathleen Kyle; and his beloved companion, Donna Day.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lockport Alliance Church, 555 Davison Road.