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William A. Goldbach, Buffalo assistant school superintendent May 7, 1927 -- July 14, 2007

A memorial service for William A. Goldbach, a retired assistant superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St.

Mr. Goldbach died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 80.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he served in the Navy as a cobbler in 1945 and 1946. He then worked in his father's shoe store on South Park Avenue.

Mr. Goldbach, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, started working for the Buffalo Board of Education in 1971 as supervisor of supply services. He was assistant superintendent of transportation and school services when he retired in 1991.

As a side job, he ran Bill's Little Shop for many years out of his South Buffalo home, with the slogan "We can fix it."

Mr. Goldbach was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council for 32 years and as deacon for 23 years. He was a past president and treasurer on the church council and was recognized with a discipleship award, one of the highest honors awarded in the Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Carol Mayer; two sons, William D. and Timothy E.; and two sisters, Karen Schutrum and Nancy Csont.


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