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Sept. 24, 1932 – May 24, 2014

Robert J. Moreland, who spent 59 years as a member of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 81.

He was born in North Tonawanda but lived all his life in Kenmore and was the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Kenmore High School in 1950 and served in the Army during the Korean War. He built his own home in the village and married Shirley Warner in February 1955.

Mr. Moreland joined the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department in 1954 and served as president from 1984 to 1986. Known as “Papa Moe,” he was a professional firefighter on the paid staff for 23 years, retiring in the late 1970,s and also was a parade marshal for many years.

Mr. Moreland was a member of the American Legion and coordinator for Camp Good Days and Charlie’s Kids. He was a longtime Little League coach and played softball until well into his 70s.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years; two daughters, Linda Westphal and Sue Whitney; a son, Robert; three sisters, Millie Pagels, Helen Harrar and Elsie Fleischman; and a brother, Bill.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, followed by a fire truck procession.