July 15, 1949 – Feb. 26, 2014

PENDLETON – John William Comstock, a retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory inspector, died Feb. 26 under hospice care in his Pendleton home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

Born in Buffalo, the son of a federal immigration agent, he attended high school in Calais, Maine, and was a graduate of the University of Maine.

He served in the Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in the Vietnam War.

He joined Customs and Border Protection in 1974 in Fort Kent, Maine; was assigned in Toronto from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, then was transferred to Buffalo. He worked at all the international bridges in the Buffalo Niagara region, retiring in 2005.

Active in Masonic organizations, he was a past master of Fellowship Lodge 1175 and the Western New York Lodge of Research. He also was active in the Valley of Buffalo of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and many of the York Rite bodies. He also was a past noble grand of United Lodge 98, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

A Pendleton resident since 1993, he took numerous motorcycle trips on his Harley-Davidsons for patriotic and veterans’ observances and for charitable organizations.

He also was an avid Sherlock Holmes fan. He was a member of the Irish Secret Society at Buffalo, a local Sherlock Holmes group, and often lectured on Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Nancy Numrych; a daughter, Jennifer; three sons, Benjamin, Aaron Yuen and Matthew Yuen; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Monday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.