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March 1, 1946 – Aug. 12, 2014

Paul Allan Smith, of Grand Island, a retired music teacher in North Tonawanda schools, died Tuesday in St. John’s Hospice, Buffalo. He was 68.

Born in Avoca, Pa., he was a graduate of West Pittston High School. A clarinet player and organist, he majored in music education at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and took graduate studies at the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Smith and his wife, the former Maye V. Trewern, a vocal music teacher, came to Western New York shortly after they were married in 1968 and found teaching positions in Niagara Falls.

He began teaching instrumental music in North Tonawanda in 1970. During his 35-year career there, he taught at Ohio and Drake elementary schools and Reszel Middle School.

An avid Buffalo Bills fan, he was a season ticket holder for 25 years.

He and his wife would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary Sunday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Corby and Marisa Busch; a sister, Marlene Herron; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, after visitation at 4.