Raymond G. Reitz, of Gowanda, a merchant and retired schoolteacher, died Thursday in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, after a long illness. He was 81.
A native of Clearfield, Pa., Mr. Reitz was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medical technician in England.
Raised in Gowanda, he was a graduate of Gowanda High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from St. Bonaventure University.
His first teaching job was as a high school teacher in Dannemora. For 38 years, Mr. Reitz taught social studies at Lake Shore Central School, retiring in 1984. During his career, he also served as high school vice principal and coached freshman and varsity basketball.
After retiring, he opened Reitz Liquor Store in Gowanda, which he operated for 25 years.
A longtime resident of Angola, Mr. Reitz served as a Democratic committeeman in the Town of Evans, and coached youth football and baseball. He was active on the Brant Recreation Committee.
Active in Toastmasters, he served as a master of ceremonies for many community functions over the years.
Mr. Reitz was a member of New York State Teachers Association and a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gowanda. He enjoyed golfing.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Lottie Ligiecki; one daughter, Jacqueline Almeida of Sunrise, Fla.; two sons, Richard L. of Gowanda and Robert F. of Angola; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Main Street and Erie Avenue, Gowanda. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Olean.