Niagara Gazette

December 11, 2012

'Super likable" Annable recalled with fondness

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Niagara Gazette

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.