on April 17, 2013 - 12:14 AM
March 2, 1940 – April 14, 2013
W. Douglas Call, former sheriff of Genesee County, with a half-century of public service as an attorney, justice of the peace, lay minister, and sheriff, died Sunday in his home in Stafford while he was under the care of Hospice and Home Care.
A native and lifelong resident of Stafford, he was 73.
Mr. Call was a graduate of Cornell University, Richmond Law School and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force for seven years.
He was a Monroe County director of public safety, and had a long tenure as a justice of the peace in Stafford.
He served as sheriff for seven years in the mid-1970s. He also was a Presbyterian lay minister.
During his time as sheriff, he helped start Genesee Justice, an innovative program that supervised nonviolent criminals instead of incarcerating them.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Donna Hunt; two sons, Christopher and Mathew; a daughter, Courtney; a brother, Murray, and four sisters, Carolyn Hotchkiss, Phoebe Dill, Roxanne Graney and Abigail.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Le Roy, Main and Clay streets.