Joseph Szur, a dominant high school and college athlete in three sports who also played professional baseball and football, died Sunday (Oct. 13, 1996) in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 83.
Szur retired in 1987 as a production-control worker for Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., and was an Army veteran of World War II.
As a scholastic athlete, Szur was named to All-Western New York teams in football, baseball and basketball during the early 1930s. He was a 1933 graduate of Lafayette High School.
As a star athlete at Canisius College, Szur earned honorable mention from the Associated Press All-American Hall of Fame in 1936. He served as captain of Canisius' football team in 1936 and received offers to play pro football from the fledgling New York Giants after he graduated with a business degree in 1937.
From 1938 to 1939, Szur played baseball in the old Washington League. He joined the Buffalo Indians, a forerunner of the Buffalo Bills football team, as a halfback in 1940.
Survivors include his son, John of the Town of Tonawanda.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Prayers were said in Orlowski-Amherst Funeral Home. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.[clln]