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Robert W. Pickel Sr.

November 17, 1936 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 84)


Robert W. Pickel Sr., age 84, of Grand Island, died peacefully January 7, 2021. Robert retired as the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Buffalo Sabres. He was a US Marine Corp veteran. He served as the President of the Board of Directors for Summer Bay Resorts in Orlando, Florida. Robert was a respected youth coach and mentor. Beloved husband of Lorraine (Balsdon) Pickel for over 64 years. Father of Robert W. (Kathleen) Pickel Jr., Michael G. (Ann) Pickel, Jeffrey D. (Debbie) Pickel, Lori N. Collignon, and the late Karen L. Coomber.  Grandfather of Jacob (Margie), Rachel, Alexander, Jeffrey Jr. (Emily), and Shannon Pickel, Courtney, McKenna, and Cameron Collignon, Ashley L. (Greg) McQuiggan, Ranier Khan, and the late B.C. Coomber. Great-grandfather of 5 great-grandchildren.  Brother of Cheryl Angell. Friends may call at the Fretthold & Hamp Funeral Home, 37 Adam St., in Tonawanda, on Monday from 4 – 8 PM.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 AM, interment in Elmlawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined, if so desired memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or the Nickel City Canine Rescue, 5635 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville, NY  14221. Condolences may be shared at

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Funeral Service
January 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Fretthold & Hamp Cremation & Funeral Services
37 Adam Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

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