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DAVID LEE TORREY


Of Lewiston, NY, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016. He was born in Olean, NY on August 24, 1946, the son of the late William and Glenna [Nester] Torrey.

Mr. Torrey grew up on a dairy farm on East River Road in Olean, NY and graduated from Olean High in 1964. Dave received an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering from SUNY Alfred in 1968. In 1969 he enlisted in the US ARMY in order to participate in flight school and was drafted for Vietnam. He served in the 282nd Assault helicopter company "Blackcats" in Vietnam from Dec 1969 - Dec 1970 as a Huey pilot.

Dave began a lifetime love of flying as a civil service technician and instructor pilot for the NY Army National Guard, permanently based in Niagara Falls. He retired in 1996 as Chief Warrant Officer 4. Mr. Torrey was appointed by the FAA in 1988 as a designated pilot examiner for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In 1992 he began flying for the Niagara County Sheriff's Dept as a special deputy.

Dave married the late Roberta J. "Bobbie" [Scott] Torrey in Fort Rucker, Alabama on August 16, 1969, they were married 46 years.
Dave and Bobbie joined the Youngstown Yacht club in 1990 and began sailing, racing and entertaining friends aboard Interloper, Arbitrage and most recently Knot Flyin'. They enjoyed riding across the country alongside each other on their two Harley's for many years. David was literally and figuratively a strong man with deep compassion. A hero to many, but especially his son and granddaughter Madeline.


Dave is survived by his son Derek, wife Tatia, loving granddaughter Madeline, sister Christine Tincher, also several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Raymond and Darrel Torrey.

Private services held at the convenience of his family.

Memorials in his name to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr, Lockport, NY 14094.

Arrangements were made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Sanborn, NY.
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Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.
Published on  July 30, 2016
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