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March 20, 1927 – July 26, 2014

Dr. Paul C. Scheier, of Orchard Park, a dentist and dental consultant for 50 years, died Saturday after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1944 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.

He enlisted in the Army and studied to be a dental laboratory technician at City College of New York as part of his military commitment, then served with the 395th Dental Prosthetic Division in Yokohama, Japan, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Returning from service, he earned his degree as a dental technician and worked in dental sales with McMullen Barrickman and Buffalo Dental.

He studied at Canisius College and the University of Buffalo to complete his prerequisites for dental school, then earned his dental degree from McGill University in Montreal. He was vice president of his class when he graduated in 1958.

He returned to open a dental practice at the four corners in the center of the Orchard Park.

Known to all as “Doc,” he maintained his practice part time after he was named chief dental consultant for the Aetna Life and Casualty Co. in the 1970s.

After closing his dental office in 1990, he founded P.C.S. Consulting Services and was its chief executive officer. The company reviewed insurance claims and provided court testimony in malpractice and accident cases. He retired from consulting four years ago.

Dr. Scheier was past president of the dental staff at Mercy Hospital. He was a board member and life member of the 8th District Dental Society and served on the peer review committee.

Dr. Scheier served on the Erie County sheriff’s scientific staff for 36 years. He also volunteered as dental clinic director in the monastery for the Dominican Nuns of Perpetual Rosary on Doat Street.

He was a member of Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Disabled American Veterans.

He was a Buffalo City League bowler for more than 50 years.

He also enjoyed hunting, golf, casinos and playing liar’s poker with friends.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Lorraine Lietz; three daughters, Kathleen Ross, Lynn Kruse and Deborah Oakley; a son, Thomas; a sister, Marie Zehler; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave. at South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park.