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Sept. 1, 1939 – Aug. 21, 2013

Bruce E. Sitzman, a lifetime Alden resident who served the village in a variety of roles, including superintendent of public works, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 73.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sitzman attended training school at General Motors after high school. His true passion and singular focus throughout his career, however, was the Village of Alden, where he held a variety of municipal leadership positions, most notably superintendent of public works. He served as superintendent for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2002.

He also was a village trustee and a chairman for both the village centennial in 1969 and town sesquicentennial four years later.

Mr. Sitzman’s commitment to his work as public servant was exemplified by his near-constant presence at events held by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, of which he was a member. He attended organization events for 35 years.

He also led the Bennington/Cowlesville Water District from September 2011 until his resignation in July.

Beyond the workplace, Mr. Sitzman was engaged in his community in a variety of ways, including as a leader of a Boy Scout troop and church youth group.

He also was active in the Alden Fire Department, where he helped with many carnivals and barbecues.

Survivors include his wife, the former Betty Lombard; two daughters, Bonny Berry and Jenny Pawelski; a son, Brett; and a brother, Alan.

Services were held Saturday.