A WWII Hero and Father of Prestigious Judge Dies

November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW ) - William Skretny was a World War II hero, and father of U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. He died at age 95 on Tuesday morning...but many say the timing of his death is epic.

Skretny stood by his son for nearly 14 years as he worked to get the new Federal Courthouse in downtown Buffalo built. On Monday, Judge Skretny held its grand opening, with his father again by his side.

"He had a will to live to see what his son accomplished," Lisa Wyle with Honor Flight Buffalo said.

Lisa Wyle knew Mr. Skretny through Honor Flight Buffalo, a group that flies vets to Washington D.C. to see the memorials. On June 4th, Skretny joined the group, accompanied by his grandson.

"He had never seen the WWII memorial, and his grandson who lives in Virginia. He is very patriotic. His son Judge Skretny sent us off and it was a very emotional day," Wyle said.

Those who knew him say they were impressed with his dedication to his family and the country.

Although in his nineties, before his death, Skretny was still there supporting his son, enjoying life and fulfilling his patriotic duties for the country he loved.

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