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Town of Lockport says good-bye to Councilman Paul Pettit

BY: Rikki Cason | December 01, 2012

There was an emptiness on the Lockport Town Board Nov. 21, meeting for the first time since Councilman Paul Pettit passed away.

Pettit, who has sat on the board since 1997, died Nov. 17 after a battle with cancer. He was 74.

“There is an empty chair here today,” said Supervisor Marc Smith. “I’m sorry to see the passing of our dear friend Paul.”

Councilman Paul Siejak said he presented the family with a Town of Lockport flag, which was used during the funeral service, in honor of Pettit’s years on the board.

Despite his declining health, Pettit continued to attend all of the board meetings he could make over the past few months. He voted in favor of the 2013 budget during the Nov. 7 meeting.

Pettit was born May 21, 1938 in Medina. He was the son of Robert and Martha Sparks Petit. He graduated from Medina High School.

Pettit was a mechanical engineer and retired from Delphi in 2000, after 36 years. He also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and served a short time as acting Town Supervisor.

He is preceded in death by wife, Kathleen Pettit; and grandchildren, Matthew and Heather Sy.

He is survived by five children, Diane (Thomas) Sy of Lockport, Molly (Joe) Dewey of Kansas, Paul (Jacki) Pettit of Minnesota, Martha (Mike) Putnam of Lockport and Thomas (Annebet) Pettit of Minnesota.

He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; companion, Donna Day; two sisters, Roberta (Ron) Furness of Medina and Kathleen (Keith) Kyle of Lockport; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Lockport Alliance Church and Niagara Hospice, Inc.

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