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March 20, 1926 – Nov. 16, 2013

Robert J. Schnirel, a retired Williamsville teacher and coach, died Nov. 16 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 87.

A celebration of Mr. Schnirel’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave.

Mr. Schnirel worked from 1950 until his retirement in 1982 in the Williamsville School District as a history teacher, coordinator of social studies, football coach and athletic director at Williamsville North High School.

He was born in Buffalo and lived in Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda, Waverly Beach, Ont., and Vero Beach, Fla.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University at Buffalo.

He served in the Navy Seabees from 1944 to 1946.

He served as president of the Williamsville Teachers Association, assistant football coach at Williamsville South High School, head coach of the Green Acres Cardinals, co-founder and president of the Buffalo Bills Junior Football League, president of the Vero Beach Barbershop Chorus, president of the Waverly Beach Community Association, and volunteer docent of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.

He enjoyed playing saxophone, listening to Big Band music, landscaping and woodworking.

Mr. Schnirel was elected president of the Amherst Senior High Class of 1944 and co-captain of the 1943 Amherst High football team.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Patricia; two sons, Kevin and Michael; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.