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Aug. 2, 1936 – Dec. 2, 2013

George L. Schadel of West Seneca, who was so active in the community that he was named volunteer of the year by a sportsmen’s group in 1980 and volunteer of the year by a Buffalo mayor in 1991, died Monday in his home under the care of hospice following a lengthy illness. He was 77.

A graduate of Bishop Timon High School, he also was a graduate of Erie Community College and Buffalo State College with a bachelor of science degree in education.

He served in the Coast Guard, and was a mechanical designer at UOP, the former Universal Oil Products; Wilson Greatbatch and American Optical. He assisted with the original design for a diabetic pump as well as designs for vision-testing equipment. While at Wilson Greatbatch, he helped design the battery for the pacemaker.

Mr. Schadel was an avid sportsman, conservationist, hunter and lover of all animals, particularly the Brittany dog breed, and was a volunteer for American Brittany Rescue for 15 years.

He was named volunteer of the year in 1980 by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen Club. He organized and was co-chairman of the Erie County Hands on Hunting and Fishing day program for more than 15 years, and assisted in organizing and coordinating the Erie County Hunters Helping the Hungry program.

Mr. Schadel was a member and master leader of Boy Scouts of America for more than 55 years. He was a member of Wood and Brook Sportsman’s Club for more than 40 years, and was a hunter safety instructor for 45 years. He served as an officer for the Erie County Federation for 10 years.

He was named volunteer of the year by Mayor James Griffin in 1991, and was a 35-gallon blood donor to the Red Cross.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine “Kitty;” two sons, Raymond and Richard; two daughters, Cathy and Mary Beth; a brother, Alan; a sister, Gail Kopczynski; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, West Seneca.