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Jan. 2, 1929 – Oct. 5, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS – Bruce M. Reynolds, 84, a member of the Western New York Sports Hall of Fame who was instrumental in boosting fast-pitch in the area, died Oct. 5 in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston following a lengthy illness.

Following his graduation from Erie Technical Institute, the lifelong Niagara Falls resident was an electrician with Stauffer Chemical Co. and then Carborundum Coated Abrasives.

Mr. Reynolds had a love of fast-pitch softball as a player that continued beyond his active playing days. He helped keep fast-pitch alive in the area from 1968 to 1993 as commissioner of the former Suburban, Ponzi and Honey leagues. He also was an accomplished umpire. He was elected to the Niagara Falls Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame, Niagara Falls Umpires Hall of Fame and the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame.

He had a passion for sports and was a longtime season-ticket-holder for the Buffalo Bills; he also attended many Buffalo Bisons baseball and Bandits lacrosse games. He bowled in many leagues and was an avid skier.

After he retired, he enjoyed buying, restoring and selling classic and antique cars.

His body was donated to the University at Buffalo Medical School as an affirmation of his strong belief in the power of education.

Survivors include his wife, Joan M.; four sons, Bruce Jr., Dennis, Keith and Sidney; a daughter, Karen Smith; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Jeanette Steele.

A memorial service will be conducted at noon Thursday in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave.