Walter B. Trude


Walter B. Trude, 93, passed away April 17, 2021 at home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 18, 1927 in Lockport, he was the son Walter J. and Emma (Hammond) Trude. He spent a number of years in the Wyndham Lawn Home for children. After aging out, he graduated from Lockport Senior High School and served in the US Army from 1947-1949 where he attained the rank of sergeant.

Walter worked for Harrison Radiator where he was the Senior Supervisor of Data Processing. Walter was a member of the Board of Directors National Management Association and served as past president of G-9 Harrison Radiator General Motors. He was a town councilman for 14 years for the Town of Lockport, past president and life member of the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Company and was also a charter member of the Exempt Fire Co. Walter was also a charter member of Klub 60 and past master of Red Jacket Lodge F. and A.M. After retiring, he resided in West Palm Beach, Fla., until recently moving back to New York to live with his daughter due to declining health. Walter spent his leisure time bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

Walter is survived by his wife whom he would have been married to for 70 years, Jean (Koch) Trude; daughters Paula Ferraro and Pam Skellen; grandchildren Beth Skellen, Jeremy (Kayla) Skellen, Carrie Skellen, CJ Ferraro, Cara (Ricardo) Borrero, and Christen (Charles Foley) Ferraro; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Harold Trude, George Wesley Trude, and Hazel Trude.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests that if you plan on attending the visitation that they must be fully vaccinated and be symptom free.

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