Alan "Jay" Wicks, 64, of the Village of Lewiston, passed from this life suddenly on Sunday, May 5, 2019, following a brief illness. Born on April 1, 1955 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Henry and Helen (Barry) Wicks.
On November 14, 1981, Jay, as he was known to family and friends, married Cheryl L. Duncan.
Jay was a lifelong area resident and attended Niagara Falls Public Schools. He proudly served in the United States Army, active duty, stationed in Germany, from June 29, 1973 until his honorable discharge on June 19, 1976. Jay then entered the reserves, retiring as a Drill Sergeant on January 15, 1999. In 1977, he began working for Pyron and retired in 2017 as a maintenance supervisor. Jay was a member of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
In addition to his beloved wife, Jay is survived by siblings, Joanne (Terry) McCartney, Paula (John) Pitarresi, Katrina (David) Lingenfelter and David Heughan; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Kathryn Dale.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 4-7 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where Jay's funeral service will be celebrated on Friday, May 10th at 10:30 AM with Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch officiating, concluding with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander. Please visit for online condolences.
Published on May 7, 2019
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Christina Chapman
May 10, 2019
Met Mr Wicks at the AF base gym while working there last summer. My airmen & I, along with some of the civilians, appreciated him coming in with treats! Always in a good mood, wanted to talk and share his stories. Great guy! He will be missed.
Mrs Wicks & family, may God surround you with his peace & comfort during this difficult time.
Carol Delles Bevilacqua
May 09, 2019
Joanne I am sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a funny guy back in our high school days. Many good memories of you and your family.
Margaret Rhodes& Joe Bruno
May 09, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. We will miss all of Jay's stories.
Patty Hoover (and family of Ernie Hoover)
May 09, 2019
We are so sorry to know of Jay passing. May you find some comfort in your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the coming days ahead.
Sherry Watkins
May 09, 2019
He was a great guy. So sorry Cheryl. Remember the last time I had seen him was at your wedding !! All I remember was his sense of humor .
Always smiling ♡ Rip Jay.
Accetta and Kramer Families
May 08, 2019
Jay will be missed by so many and I know there will be such a big void left in your heart. Please know you can always lean on family when ever it is needed. We will miss that Jay humor, he was one of a kind!

Love, Wendy, Jim, Aunt Fredda and Uncle Ricky
Cpl. Vincent R. Crampton
May 08, 2019
Jay, brother soldier, co-worker, friend, You will missed by many. Fly high, and guard the gates till I make proper relieve. My prayers and condolences to all family and loved ones.Prayers and love Cheryl.
Jean Walker - Youngstown
May 08, 2019
Jay you were an inspiration to many of us. You appeared gruff but all of us knew you enjoyed helping others and had great love and respect for your family. We will miss your special take on things I really appreciated you and your end taking down the tree that wind blew onto my chain link fence. And I will always remember you telling us how much you loved your wife and all your nieces and nephews RIP...
Ron Francini
May 08, 2019
I will miss this wild and wonderful Man.
George Waterstram
May 08, 2019
Extremely sorry to hear and see this as Jay was a great guy and we always had a wonderful time together at work or outside of work where we both enjoyed a lot of go times ! So very sorry for your loss and all my Prayers and Love are with you at this time .
Nancy Calero
May 07, 2019
DearAunt Cher and family,

I will always remember his sense of humor. He was much loved and happy I got to know him.
With sincere sympathy.
Kaitlyn Fox
May 07, 2019
Gonna miss you a lot jay. Thanks for all that you did for me. Fly High solider
S. Stephany
May 07, 2019
Love you Jay. Lot of great memories. Perpetrate the legend! God speed.
Becky and Steve Marchetti
May 07, 2019
Prayers of comfort for Cheryl and the entire family.