Dec. 17, 1931 – Oct. 28, 2012
LOCKPORT – Frank R. Loiars, a longtime band leader, former president of the musicians’ union and leader in numerous local organizations, died Sunday in his Lockport home while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 80.
A lifelong resident of Lockport, Mr. Loiars also maintained a seasonal home in Holiday, Fla. He was a graduate of Lockport High School and of Erie Community College, and he attended night school at the University at Buffalo.
He was a supervisor at New York State Electric & Gas for 38 years until he retired in 1992, but his passion was playing music. Mr. Loiars had played the trombone since 1946, and also played the upright bass and the bass guitar.
He was the president of Local 97 of the American Federation of Musicians union for 48 years and was the leader of his bands – the Larks and the Frank Loiars Orchestra – for more than 50 years. He performed at many social occasions in Western New York and played in several marching bands and big band orchestras.
Mr. Loiars was a past president of the Lions Club, Holy Name Society of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church and Barone’s Music House Bowling League. He also was a member of the St. Joseph Usher Club for 55 years, a third-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus, member of the board of the Niagara County March of Dimes for 10 years and chairman of the Town of Lockport Recreation Committee. He was a member of the Town of Lockport Planning Board, Zoning Variances Board and Republican Committee.
He was a manager and coach of Lockport Little League baseball teams for seven years and was a fan of baseball and of the Buffalo Bills.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Helen Krull; two daughters, Doreen Loiars and Lauri Lee; two sons, Joseph and John; and a sister, Catherine Revell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St.