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Jan. 20, 1956 – April 15, 2014

WILSON – Peter A. Rademacher II, retired Wilson Middle School principal, died Tuesday in his Wilson home under care of Niagara Hospice. He was 58.

Born in San Diego, he was an Eagle Scout and enlisted in the Army in 1974 after graduating from high school.

A helicopter pilot for 16 years, he served as a medevac pilot and was a senior master aviator. He retired from the Army in 1994 as a chief warrant officer.

He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aviation from Emory Riddle Aviation.

Moving to Wilson in 1994, Mr. Rademacher received a master’s degree in administration from Canisius College.

He was on the staff of the Wilson Central School District for 17 years, retiring as principal of Wilson Middle School in 2011.

He was an ROTC instructor at Buffalo Traditional High School for three years before joining the Wilson district.

He was a member of Martin F. Jennings Post 836, American Legion, and an exempt member of the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Susan B. Rick; a son, Christopher; two daughters, Erin Mahoney and Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Abbott; a brother, Tom; a sister, Jennifer Bielasz; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Exley United Methodist Church of Wilson, 338 Lake St.