Former supervisor remembered fondly
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | January 31, 2013
The Town of Clarence has suffered a great loss with the passing of Deputy Supervisor Kathleen Hallock. Hallock had been battling cancer for several years and lost her battle on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the age of 69.
Hallock began her involvement with the town in 1986 when she was appointed the role of bookkeeper. She then was elected as the tax receiver for the town in 1993 and was re-elected in 1997.
In 2001, she had won her election for the Town of Clarence Supervisor. She was re-elected by the residents in 2003 and served the first four-year term as supervisor.
During her time in office as the supervisor, Hallock had a great impact on the Town of Clarence.
One significant improvement that Hallock made to her town was finalizing the “peanut line” bike path. She moved to build the bike path out, running all through Clarence.
“Within six months of opening (the bike path), it was the most used park in Clarence,” said Town of Clarence Supervisor David Hartzell. “Literally thousands of people use it every weekend.”
After her second term as supervisor, Hallock retired but still stayed highly involved in her community. Just months after her retirement, she was diagnosed with cancer. While fighting the cancer, Hallock could be found in the town offices still working to improve her community, according to her colleagues.
“If you didn’t know she had cancer, you couldn’t tell,” said Hartzell, “No matter how bad she was, you’d ask ‘how are you’ and she’d answer ‘I’m fine’.”
Hartzell, Town Clerk Nancy Metzger and Karen Jurek, confidential secretary to the supervisor agreed that even through her illness, Hallock’s mind was razor sharp and she was still interested in what as going on in the town.
Hartzell described a visit he had with Hallock just a few months back. He said that it wasn’t just a short visit about how the holidays were going and added that Hallock had asked him question after question about what was going on and what the latest developments were for the town.
Hartzell had been particularly close with Hallock as she had been the person to first get him involved in politics. When he became supervisor, he appointed Hallock as his deputy supervisor, a position she held right up until her passing.
“She was so well grounded and she had done the job for so long and had been involved in the town for so long that she was a great second opinion for anything that was going on in the town,” he said.
He added that she was also tough. Although Hallock realized that some residents might have disagreed with decisions she made, the majority of the community supported her and she didn’t cave to the minority opinion.
Through her entire political career, her colleagues praised her for always putting her family first. Her husband, David attended all town board meetings while she held office and she is also survived by her children, Michelle, Bridget, Megan and Michael.