on November 20, 2013 - 9:06 PM
Jan. 20, 1966 - Nov. 19, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS – William J. “Bill” Gee Sr., a 12-year veteran of the Niagara Falls Police Department, died Tuesday evening in his home here while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 47.
A native of Lewiston, Mr. Gee was a graduate of Trott Vocational High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1985 to 2001.
He was known by those in the Police Department for his upbeat and positive attitude after he fought and appeared to be succeeding in his two-year battle with stage 4 stomach cancer.
In December, Mr. Gee was in good health and good spirits when he told The Buffalo News that the cancer was improving and that he was anxious to get back to work helping people.
“At the end of the day, it is not about the bad guys, but helping out all the good people. That’s something I enjoy,” Mr. Gee had said.
He said he was mentally tough after having spent more than 11 years working as a corrections officer before joining the Niagara Falls Police Department.
Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto said Mr. Gee refused to go on disability after he was diagnosed with cancer and returned to work this past year and was doing well.
DalPorto said Mr. Gee had recently fought off pneumonia, but shortly after that, he became ill, and his health deteriorated.
His last assignment was on patrol duty.
Mr. Gee had worked in corrections at what he had once called some of the toughest maximum security prisons in the state, including Ossining, Sullivan, Auburn, Attica and Wende, before joining the Niagara Falls Police Department in 2001.
He held several assignments with the department, including Patrol Division and Warrants Services Unit, and participated in the annual department tug-of-war competition as a member of the winning team.
He was a member and served on the board of directors of the Niagara Falls Police Club and the Judges, Police and Executives of Niagara County. He was also a member of Council 247, Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Koshinski; two sons, William Jr. and Cameron P.; four stepsons, Adam Kinney, Mitchell Kinney, Jordan Kinney and Ryan Kinney; two brothers, Lewiston Town Justice Hugh C. Gee Sr. and Edward; six sisters, Elizabeth Crapsi, Linda Mercurio, Rita Czapla, Carol Gee, Mary Ann Hedden and Lorraine Edwards; and two granddaughters.
A Rite of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday in St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s St. Leo Church site, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara.