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Feb. 12, 1927 – April 26, 2014

Robert L. Zinter, a Navy veteran of World War II and professional architect, died April 26 in Fox Run Health Center, Orchard Park. He was 87.

Formerly of West Seneca, he graduated from Technical High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in industrial arts and architecture from Pratt Institute.

Mr. Zinter received his architect license in 1958 and became a senior architect for the City of Buffalo. He retired as associate architect with the Buffalo Board of Education.

During his architectural career, he was in charge of several projects, including the construction of the giraffes home at the Buffalo Zoo. He also designed the first original ski chalet at Holiday Valley and the church hall at S.S. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo.

A skilled sportsman, he received several high honors as a tennis player from Technical High School and Pratt Institute.

He also enjoyed golfing, kayaking, skiing and photography.

He had a fondness for the outdoors and especially enjoyed camping with his family at national parks in all 48 contiguous states.

He talso raveled to Austria, Germany, Russia, Italy, Greece, Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries.

Mr. Zinter was president of the YMCA Club, a life member of the Buffalo Museum of Science and a member of the American Institute of Architecture.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Irine D. Denis; a son, J. Robert; a daughter, Maria Ramos; a brother, Alfred; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca.