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March 17, 1937 – March 12, 2014

John Patrick Schlant of the Town of Tonawanda, a project engineer, died Wednesday at home under Hospice care following a long battle with cancer.

Born in Buffalo on St. Patrick’s Day, Mr. Schlant was a graduate of Canisius High School and attended Canisius College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Detroit in 1960.

A project engineer for several area chemical and manufacturing companies, he worked in one facility that burned refuse from local municipalities to create steam used to generate electricity. His last job was at West Valley Development Project, where he was involved with the design of containers used in the transport of nuclear fuel rods.

Mr. Schlant was a part-time real estate agent from 1982 until shortly before is death. He was a dedicated runner, completing both the Skylon and New York City marathons in the 1980s. He was an avid golfer.

Mr. Schlant was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Kenmore, where he was a Eucharistic minister, a Catholic Youth Organization adviser, a member of the Holy Name Society, and very active in St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Mr. Schlant and his wife served as ushers for many years at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Kleinhans Music Hall and UB Center for the Arts.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Barbara Lindner; two sons, Mark and David; two daughters, Laura Zirnheld and Susan Mattina; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore.