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GARY R. ECKERT, CPA, YOUTH COACH

Gary R. Eckert, 58, a certified public accountant, died surrounded by family and friends Saturday (Feb. 17, 2001) in his Amherst home after an 11-month illness.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. James School and was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College. He served in the National Guard as a demolitions expert from 1964 to 1971.

He started his career as an accountant with Price Waterhouse and Co. in Buffalo and later became a principal in the firm of Brock, Schechter and Polakoff. He also was affiliated with the firm of Urbach, Kahn and Werlin.

He was a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He was a devoted youth hockey coach and coached Little League baseball for many years.

He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing and golf. He was a dedicated fan of the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bisons and Cleveland Indians.

He and Marcia C. Lowiec were married in 1966.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Brian of Charlotte, N.C., and Andrew of Amherst; a daughter, Deborah A. of Burlington, Vt.; a brother, Dr. Ronald J. of Orchard Park; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, after prayers at 10 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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