March 12, 1942 – Oct. 8, 2012

Peter J. Tamutus, of East Aurora, a retired history teacher for the East Aurora School District, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., from which he also earned a master’s degree in European history. Mr. Tamutus had agreed to play for the Cleveland Browns professional football team until an injury ended his dreams of a football career during his senior year as an undergraduate at St. Vincent College.

He taught at Bishop Neumann High School from 1964 to 1967, then Grand Island High School from 1967 to 1970, before moving on to East Aurora High School in 1970. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Tamutus was head varsity football coach, softball coach, women’s basketball coach and bowling coach at East Aurora High School. He received numerous teaching awards and led many teams to championships as a coach.

He was a member of the West Side Rowing Club and was a Buffalo Cub Scout den leader.

He was active at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Drusilla “Dolly” A. Adah, and three sons, Christopher P. H., Andrew L. and David L.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul’s Cathedral, 128 Pearl St.