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William A. Shirback

December 1, 1943 ~ January 10, 2020 (age 76)

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William A. Shirback, 76, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on January 10, 2020.  Born on December 1, 1943 in Lewiston, NY, he was the son of the late John A. Shirback, Sr. and the late Eleanor Corlena (Willis) Shirback.

Bill, as he was known, was a longtime area resident and graduate Lewiston-Porter High School, however, he and his longtime partner of 40 years, Gail, owned and operated a tree farm and firewood business in Canada.  Locally Bill was employed as a laborer for various factories and later in life worked security for several businesses.  He proudly served in the United States Navy from June 29, 1961 until his honorable discharge on December 22, 1964.

In addition to is partner, Gail (Stickland) Oster, Bill is survived by children, Amanda, Renee, Dione, Todd, Kristen and Robin; and grandchildren.  Survivors also include, siblings, John (Wretha) Shirback, Jr., Carol (Jim) Crowley, Nancy (late Robert) Stockham, Patricia (late Daniel) Nicholls, Dennis (Pamela) Shirback and Mark (Tina Tusa) Shirback and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a brother, Perry (late Dorothy) Shirback.

All services are private. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander, OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. To share your condolences visit,

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