Obituary of Albert Roll, Jr., March 1996

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From the Buffalo News, 11-Mar-1996


Published on March 11, 1996
The Buffalo News Inc.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Albert J. Roll, who was former Village of Lancaster fire chief and was active in village's civic and political circles, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lancaster.

Roll, 70, died unexpectedly Friday (March 8, 1996) in Buffalo General Hospital. He retired in 1987 as a supervisor in the line department after a 43-year career with New York State Electric & Gas Corp.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Clark, a destroyer escort that participated in key naval campaigns in the Pacific Theater, and rose to the rank of quartermaster first class. He also served in the Navy during the Korean War.

As a veteran, Roll was active in the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and helped organize several reunions in recent years.

The Alden native graduated from Alden High School and took management courses at Erie Community College.

He was chief of the Village of Lancaster Fire Department from 1960 to 1962 and, at the time of his death, was department chaplain. He also was chairman of the annual fund drives and a member of the hook and ladder unit.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church and served as an usher.

In 1990, he organized the Village of Lancaster Citizens Party, which fielded candidates in recent village elections. He was elected chairman of the party in 1994 and was a member of Erie County Democratic Committee.

Roll was was past exalted ruler of Lodge 1478, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in Lancaster and a member of Lodge 1605, Loyal Order of Moose, and Post 7275, Veteran of Foreign Wars, both in Lancaster.

He also was active in United Way campaigns, serving as a division chairman.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Rita Laney; two sons, David J. of New Port Richey, Fla., and Roger A. of Cheektowaga; four sisters, Rita Uebelhoer, Marion Lorenzi and Irene Schad, all of Alden, and Shirley Clarkson of Colden; and two granddaughters.