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Watson C. McCalister, 65, of Oak Street, a former mayor of Youngstown and curriculum coordinator at Lewiston-Porter Central School until 1995, died Monday (Sept. 13, 1999) in his home while he was under the care of Niagara Hospice.

He was born in Dromore, Northern Ireland, and had been a resident of Lewiston since 1964.

McCalister enjoyed golfing and reading.

He was a graduate of Brockport State College, majoring in history, and received his masters degree from Buffalo State College.

McCalister had been recognized for soccer at Brockport State College's Golden Eagle Hall of Fame in 1990. He was an All-America soccer player in 1954 and was an all-time scoring leader there with 35 goals, 18 assists, 98 points, and had led the team in scoring in 1953 and 1954.

In addition, he was a key member of Brockport's national championship team in 1955, was All-New York State in 1953 to 1955, and a member of the Varsity Club in 1953 to 1955.

He had also served as his senior class treasurer.

McCalister played on the Irish Canadian soccer team from 1959 to 1966 and was a founding member of the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League.

He was mayor of the Village of Youngstown from 1974 to 1978.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and had also served in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1962.

He started teaching at the former Red Brick School here in 1958 and taught sixth grade social studies at North Elementary School at Lew-Port until 1993. From 1966 to 1969, he was the principal of the North Elementary School. From 1993 to 1995, he served as curriculum coordinator, retiring in 1995.

McCalister was a junior varsity and varsity soccer coach at Lew-Port High School in 1984 and 1985. In addition, he was a volunteer referee for the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League from 1972 to 1986. He had also been honored by the U.S. Youth Soccer Association for service on eastern regional tournaments in 1984 to 1986.

McCalister was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown as well as a church elder. He was also a member of the Youngstown Lions Club, a social member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club and a member of LaSalle Masonic Lodge 1049 of Niagara Falls.

He also was a former member of the Youngstown Recreation Commission.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gail Sandstrom; two sons, Craig of Lynn, Mass., and Drew; two daughters, Tara Plybon of Taylor, Texas, and Beth; a sister, Anita of Vero Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, Main and Church streets. Private burial will be in Oakland Rural Cemetery.


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