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Sept. 6, 1928 – May 29, 2013

Charles E. Taylor, a lifelong educator in the Amherst schools, died Wednesday. He was 84.

Born in Dunkirk, Mr. Taylor attended St. Mary’s High School before enrolling at Fredonia State Teachers College. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo and also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Taylor was the first principal of Maplemere Elementary School in the Williamsville School Districtt, a position in which he served for three decades.

He was also an assistant principal at Dodge Road Elementary and taught fifth and sixth grades at Smallwood School in the Amherst School District.

He was active in AMVETS and was a past president of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional fraternity for educators.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, the former Margery Rupp;l and two daughters, Charyl Safley and Beth Taylor.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today in St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.