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Oct. 8, 1931 – Aug. 6, 2014

Virgil J. DeSimone, a retired Clarence teacher and Army veteran, died Wednesdayin his Clarence Center home after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Born in Oakfield, he grew up in Akron and resided most of his adult life in Clarence Center.

Mr. DeSimone received his teaching degree from Brockport State College and earned his master’s degree from Buffalo State College.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. As a self-taught trumpet player, he performed in the Army band and after his discharge played in many nightclubs in Medina, Alabama and Brockport.

He was a member of Clarence Post 838, American Legion.

Mr. DeSimone taught fifth grade at Clarence Center Elementary School for much of his 37-year teaching career. The students fondly remembered him as “Mr. D.”

In addition to teaching, he also ran many youth and adult athletic programs.

Mr. DeSimone enjoyed music, playing tennis, making wine and traveling.

He and his wife of 56 years, the former Gina Nurzia spent the winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kenneth; two daughters, Linda Stephan and Diane Schinaman; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville, after prayers at 9:30 a.m. in Urban Brothers Funeral Home, 6685 Transit Road, East Amherst.