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Cyrus Hamlin, 81, a music director and a retired insurance agent, died Tuesday (Sept. 21, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

For 35 years, Hamlin and his wife, Jean, were music ministers at Amherst Community Church in Snyder. He used his rich baritone voice as a vocalist at the church, where he was accompanied by his wife at the piano and organ. He also was the conductor.

Hamlin founded the Amherst Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and he produced and directed almost the entire Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire for the group. His accomplishments included performing solo with the Buffalo Metropolitan Opera Workshop.

Hamlin worked for the National Life Insurance Co. of Vermont and later worked for and retired from Massachusetts Mutual.

Hamlin was born in Iron River, Mich., the son of a Presbyterian minister. He moved with his family to Western New York, first to Buffalo and then to Albion.

In addition to his wife, the former Jean VanShute, of Williamsville, survivors include two daughters, Beverly Hart of El Paso, Texas, and Wende Creech of Williamsville; a son, Neal of Cincinnati; a brother, Dr. John of Waverly, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.


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