Niagara Gazette

Local News

December 11, 2012

'Super likable" Annable recalled with fondness

Niagara Gazette — William A. Annable, the longest serving supervisor in Niagara County, was remembered prior to the varsity basketball game between Barker and Kendall Tuesday night and a town board meeting in Somerset.

Annable, who died at his home in Hartland on Thursday, will be well-remembered by the community. He was 81 and under Hospice Care when he died.

"He just managed to be a super likable guy, a Christian man," said Danny Hill, a town board member who knew Annable for about 40 years."He always tried to make everyone happy when we went to town board meetings. We were blessed. You couldn't find any better. It was very good to work with him. He was a special guy, he really was. With Bill there, there was always great rapport."

Annable was Hartland supervisor for 34 years, from 1978 to 2011. He has been succeeded by his son, William Ross Annable.

When Bill Annable began his administration, the highway building served as the town hall. Overseeing the construction of Hartland's Town Hall on Ridge Road is one of his notable accomplishments.

In 2011, the Republican Party gave the long-time supervisor its Lifetime Achievement Award. He retired on Dec. 31.

A life-long Niagara County resident, Annable was a graduate of Royalton-Hartland School and helped the Rams win the 1948 Section VI, Class B basketball championship. The 6-foot-4 inch center also played for the University of Buffalo for two years before serving in the United States Coast Guard for three years as a hospital corpsmen during the Korean War.

Annable earned a teacher's degree from UB and taught at Roy-Hart in the early 1960s before moving to Barker. He guided the Raiders to the 1972 Section VI basketball championship and was the Barker Athletic Director.

"His biggest thing was to take care of other people, that's when he was happiest, to help other people," Ross Annable said.

Friends may call at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home in Middleport from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Gasport America Legion Post 1253 will have a ceremony at 9 p.m. on Friday.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Community Church.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results