Obituary of William Robert Hliwa Sr
William R. Hliwa, Sr., 97, passed away on September 21, 2021 in Buffalo, NY. He was the widower of Dorothy P. Hliwa (Smorol) who predeceased him in 2002. They were married for 54 Years.
Born in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of Wasyl and Victoria Hliwa. After finishing high school, he enrolled in apprentice training to become a tool and die maker. He worked at Curtis-Wright and Carrier before being hired by The Continental Can Company, ultimately becoming one of their top performing foremen. Over the years, he was moved to Chicago, IL, Dayton, OH, and back to Chicago, before his retirement in 1981, when he and Dorothy finally returned to Syracuse. Even after retirement, Bill was sought out for various consulting jobs in CA and WA.
He was a lifetime member of the Sacred Heart Basilica, where he was an usher for many years, Knights of Columbus, member of the PLAV Drum and Bugle Corp and … He enjoyed bowling, golf and working on various home projects. He will be remembered by many for his love of family, congenial personality, humor, and readiness to help others or solve world problems.
He is survived by his son, William Hliwa, Jr. (Merrilee), and grandchildren, Caitlin and Corey, all of Buffalo, NY.
Calling Hours: Monday 4 to 6PM Hollis Funeral Home
Funeral Services: Tuesday 9:30 AM Sacred Heart Basilica
Entombment: St. Mary’s Mausoleum
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