July 1996

Willie J. Hansom


by Kim Ruiz BALCERZAK

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Willie J. Hansom gives new meaning to the word “retiree.” Since his retirement in 1981, the former maitre’d for Marine Midland’s 38th Floor Restaurant and Executive Dining Room and waiter for the New York Central Railroad - a combined 45 years in the food service industry - continued to meet the culinary needs of some of Western New York’s most prestigious social gatherings. His expertise and commitment has gained him many meaningful relationships with various political and sports dignitaries. His busiest times now are spent during the fall months at Rich Stadium and with the Buffalo Bills Monday Quarterback Club.

The World War II veteran, father of four children, grandfather and great-grandfather has been active in the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church for 60 years. He is Vice Chairperson of the board, Chairman of the finance committee and a volunteer for the Food Pantry.

Willie, the only male member of the New Hope Floral Club since its formation 25 years ago, has hosted extensive trips throughout the United States and Canada.

He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In the spring of 1995, he was honored as a recipient of the Ecumenical Community Service Award. The native Omaha, Georgia resident, who came to this area as a teenager, resides in Buffalo with his wife, Dollie.



Kim Ruiz Balcerzak is the Editor of Living Prime Time.

 

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