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July 24, 1939 – June 14, 2014

Wilfred F. Bedore, of Cheektowaga, a retired project manager for Higgins Erectors and Haulers, died Saturday at his home in Cheektowaga after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.

Born in Peterborough, Ont., Mr. Bedore, known as “Rusty” because of his copper-colored hair, moved with his family to Gardenville in West Seneca as a child. He attended West Seneca schools.

While attending Erie County Technical Institute in Buffalo, Mr. Bedore worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, helping to dredge and set depth markers in the St. Lawrence Seaway. He graduated in 1959.

He joined the Army Reserve in 1962.

Mr. Bedore met his wife, the former Mary Jane Thachik, while attending Erie Tech. They married Aug. 25, 1962, and settled in Kenmore, where they raised their four children.

He worked for Higgins Erectors and Haulers of Buffalo starting in the tool shop and later became a project manager, supervising the transportation and installation of heavy machinery in and around Western New York. He retired in 2001 after 42 years with the company.

Mr. Bedore enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and especially hunting in his free time. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

Survivors, besides his wife, include a son, James; three daughters, Michelle Hurley, Christine Ehlers and Colleen Bedore; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.