Elroy “Red” D. Powley

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2024 at 6:00 pm

LOCKPORT – Elroy “Red” D. Powley passed away June 15, 2024 under the care of a great group of care aids & Niagara Hospice and his loving family.

Born on September 3, 1929 in Ridgeway, NY he was the son of the late Elroy William Powley and Ruthe (Sheppard) Powley-Oliver.

He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War and as an Army Reservist, and retired as a Major in 1983.

Red was a machinist and Tool and Die maker Harrison Radiator for 41 Years retiring in 1995 as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. He served as the 4th ward Alderman of Lockport and was Past President of the Fire Board for Lockport, Niagara County Legislator for the 15th district.  Red was a 43-year member of the Olcott Yacht Club,  55 year member of the Masons and member of Red Jacket Lodge as a 33’ and was part of the Scottish Rite, Boy Scouts of America, Sea Explorers, UAW, VFW, American Legion, Shriners Club, John Henry Garden Club. Red was also the Master Mechanic for the water wheel at the Old Red Mill and enjoyed sailing, gardening, camping, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Red was predeceased by his wife Shirley (Breitsman) Powley, who passed away January 9, 2018 and brother Barry Powley.

He is survived by his children Kent (Cathy) Powley, Reginald (Bonnie) Powley, Shellie (Daniel) Hanley, and Brent (Connie) Powley; grandchildren Paige Phillips, Justin Powley, Ryan Hanley, Jillian Orr and Annaleha Confer; 8 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call Wednesday June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport, NY where a funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. Interment in West Ridgeway Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Niagara Hospice 4675 Sunset Drive Lockport, NY 14094 would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.pruddenandkandt.com.