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2015-06-05 / Obituaries

Lawrence A. Hoffman Jr., retired Tonawanda police chief

Lawrence A. Hoffman Jr., police chief for the town of Tonawanda for 13 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was 89.

Born in Elma, Mr. Hoffman graduated from East Aurora High School. During World War II, he served in the active reserve of the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1946 and the inactive reserve from 1946 until 1952. In June 2014, he took part in an “honor flight” to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

Mr. Hoffman joined the Police Department in 1949 and was named chief in 1972, a position he held until 1985. He graduated from the FBI’s National Academy in 1966. He also was one of the first area police chiefs to initiate a community policing program.

He was a life member and past president of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and Erie County Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also a member and past president of the Northwest Community Mental Health Association’s board of directors.

Mr. Hoffman is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Jane Gerwitz and Merry Liles; two sons, Lawrence III and Garry; one brother, William; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

The family will be present from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Tonawanda Chapel of the Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive. A memorial service will be held privately.

Memorials may be made to Honor Flight Buffalo at P.O. Box 338, Buffalo, NY 14223.

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