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Sept. 6, 1928 – May 29, 2013

Charles E. Taylor of Amherst, the first principal of Maplemere Elementary School, died Wednesday in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. He was 84.

A native of Dunkirk, he was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Dunkirk and earned a bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State Teachers College. He obtained certification in administration and earned a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Post 49, AMVETS.

He was the first principal when Maplemere Elementary opened in the Sweet Home Central School District, a post he held for 30 years.

He also had served as assistant principal at Dodge Road Elementary School and taught fifth and sixth grades at Smallwood Drive Elementary School. After he retired, he oversaw student teachers at Canisius College.

Mr. Taylor was past president of the educational fraternity Phi Delta Kappa. He enjoyed playing golf.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margery Rupp, and two daughters, Charyl Safley and Beth.

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