Les Wheeler

Jan 20, 2010

Leslie B. Skip Wheeler January 20, 2010 Leslie B. Skip Wheeler, 80, passed away Wednesday, at Community General Hospital. A life resident of Syracuse, he retired as captain from the Syracuse Police Department in 1988. In his 36 years with the police department, he was an original member of the Syracuse Police Mounted Patrol and rode horseback during the 1950s providing protection and assistance to those at the NY State Fair. During his distinguished years of service, he worked in the Criminal Investigation Division, commanded the forerunner to the Organized Crime Division, the Community Services Division, and as court liaison officer for the Police Department. He also worked with various neighborhood watch groups to make Syracuse a safer place. Throughout his career, he received numerous medals and commendations. Since his retirement he loved photography, woodworking, watching Yankee baseball, and playing with his beloved little dog Hope. Leslie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley (Harrington); two daughters, Lisa of Duanesburg, NY and Deborah (John) Angilletta of Scotia, NY; two granddaughters, Amber and Sarah Angilletta; niece, Donna (Gary) Johnson of Camden, NY; and nephew, Kevin Johnson, and several other cousins and friends. Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Tindall Funeral Home. Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service all at the funeral home, 1921 W. Genesee St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Leslie's name may be made to a local charity of your choice. Tindall Funeral Home Inc. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on January 22, 2010