William Elster, Jr.

Obituary of William G. Elster, Jr.

William G. Elster, Jr., 57, of Medina entered into rest peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Billy was born in Medina, a son of the late William G. and Shirley M. (Bellamy) Elster, Sr. on November 30, 1962. He attended Royalton-Hartland High School. For many years, Billy worked alongside his father at their family business, Elster Motor Sales in Middleport. With the CB handle “Monkey Wrench”, he also helped with towing. Billy moved to Joplin, Missouri and then Virginia for a short period before returning to Medina. Billy worked as an assistant manager at the Kwik Fill gas station in Medina. He loved country music, gardening and picnicing at Olcott Beach with his partner, Don.

Predeceased by his mother, Shirley Elster in 1990; his father, Bill Elster, Sr. in 2017; sister, Elaine Medrano in 2019; and four nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and William Shingleton, Amanda Bloom and Donald Banks, Jr.

Survivors include his life partner, Donald G. Much of Medina; sisters, Susan (Tim) Cutshall of Cherokee, KS, Valerie Elster and Kim (Eric) Brown both of Medina; a brother in-law, Luciano “Max” Medrano of Medina; nieces and nephews, John (Christine) Shingleton, Thomas (Rhonda) Shingleton, Jennifer (Greg) Shingleton, Dina (Justin) Narburgh, Amanda Semonick and Mark (Brittany) Swank; several grand and great-grandnieces and nephews; godmother, Bonnie Waters; several aunts and uncles; his best friend, Laura Werth; and his fur-babies, Sophie and Mack.

Per Bill’s wishes there will be no formal services. Private graveside committal will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billy’s memory to: embrace WNY, an organization dedicated to equality and fairness within WNY and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. www.embracewny.org or P.O. Box 454, Buffalo NY 14205. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.

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