Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Brian A. Griesser passed away February 21, 2013 in Buffalo General Medical Center. Born in Lockport on September 10, 1941, he was the son of Eugene and Rosemary (Lipp) Griesser. Brian was a fireman for the City of Lockport for 38 years, starting on January 1, 1964. He made Lieutenant on July 23, 1982, earning a commendation on October 26, 1985 with his brother, Dennis, exhibiting the highest degree of valor which is the tradition of the Fire Service to protect and preserve life and property from the ravages of fire, and also saved the life of a 51-year old woman by using CPR as well as a defibrillator, which he was trained to use. Brian was also awarded the American Legion Certificate of Commendation in April 1986 from the B. Leo Dolan Post 410 for being an outstanding fireman and carrying out the duties of a fire fighter in a manner which reflects credit upon all dire department personnel, and for dedication to the profession above and beyond the call of duty. He then earned Captain on May 16, 1995, and another commendation on July 24, 1995, for quick and decisive action tending to an automobile accident while off duty on June 22, 1995. Brian retired from the Lockport Fire Department on April 18, 2002.
Brian is survived by his wife, Carol (Sparks) Griesser of Lockport, whom he married on February 8, 1964 in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; daughters, Lynn Marie Griesser Marren and Sheila A. (Bernard) Griesser Winter, both of Lockport; grandchildren, Nicole (Bryon) Thoin, Andrew Conley, both of Kenmore, Sienna Marren and Grace Lynn Winter, both of Lockport; great-grandchild, Harper Thoin; siblings, Michael (Joyce) Griesser, Dennis (Debbie) Griesser, James (Krys) Griesser and Kathleen (Vernon) Bragg; in-laws, Linda (Jack) Brundage, James (Lorraine) Sparks, Patricia (late Robert) Sparks and the late Marcia (Zenon) Zakrzewski; son-in-law of the late Carlton and Ethel Sparks; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday, February 24th from 1-5 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 25th at 11 AM in All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport. Donations to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094; or to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of WNY, 5140 Main St., Suite 303-327, Buffalo, NY, 14221, would be appreciated by the family.