Feb. 20, 1927 – March 19, 2013

Lawrence W. “Larry” Bloch, a retired educator and father of Erie County Family Court Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin, died Tuesday in his home at Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 86.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he served in the Army Medical Corps in Italy in 1945 and 1946. Returning from service, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University.

Mr. Bloch taught high school history and social studies for two years in New York City and for 20 years in Newark, N.J. From 1971 to 1990, he served in the Norwalk, Conn., schools in a variety of positions, including elementary principal and director of adult education.

He also was principal of the Religious School of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn., from 1975 to 1994. An active volunteer, he and his wife were named Volunteers of the Year in 2003 by the Stamford Advocate.

After moving to the Buffalo area in 2009, he was a member of Temple Beth Tzedek and Congregation Shir Shalom. He also was a leader of the Senior Adult Current Events Discussion Group at the Jewish Community Center.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Steffi; two other daughters, Susan and Andrea; and a sister, Edythe London.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.