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Jan. 4, 1918 - Sept. 10, 2012
Edwin A. Munschauer Jr., an engineer from Snyder, died Monday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 94. Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School and graduated from Cornell University in 1939 with a degree in engineering.
He worked for 55 years at his family's company, Niagara Machine and Tool Works, which was founded by his grandfather, George J. Munschauer, in 1879. He was serving as executive vice president when he retired in 1991 and had many patents established throughout his career.
Mr. Munschauer had a lifelong love of water and boats, summering for most of his life on the Canadian lakeshore, including at Sugarloaf Farm and his home at Abino Hills, Ont.
He owned a series of sailboats and power boats, which he and his wife, Marilou Kelley Munschauer, used to cruise the Canadian shore of Lake Erie.
They also traveled extensively through Europe and the Caribbean, where they visited many of the islands on chartered sailboats, earning Mr. Munschauer the Moorings rank of commodore.
He was a life member of the Buffalo Canoe Club, where he orchestrated the building of the committee boat Burgee V, and was its captain from its launch in 1972 to the mid-1980s.
He also had been a member of the Buffalo Yacht Club since the 1940s; the Buffalo Club; past president of the University Club of Buffalo; and a former member of the City Club of Buffalo and the Elma Gun Club.
Mr. Munschauer was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder and St. George's parish in Crystal Beach, Ont.
His wife of 51 years died in 1999.
He is survived by two sons, Michael and Stephen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. next Saturday in Christ the King Church, 2 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.