by Kim Ruiz BALCERZAK
Willie J. Hansom gives new meaning to the word
retiree. Since his retirement in 1981, the former maitred for Marine
Midlands 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 Yorks 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
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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