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Norman Johnson, longtime head of Erie 1 BOCES film library Oct. 4, 1931 -- Nov. 7, 2007

Norman W. Johnson, who headed the film library for Erie 1 BOCES for 30 years, died unexpectedly Wednesday in his Lancaster home. He was 76.

Mr. Johnson was assistant director of curriculum development for Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services from 1963 to 1992, heading the film library and distributive services. In 1978, he received the BOCES Librarians Award for making the library more accessible. He finished his career at BOCES as a counselor for suburban adult services in East Aurora, retiring in 1995.

Born in Warren, Pa., he came to the Buffalo area with his family in 1943 and was a graduate of Amherst High School.

He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State College in 1953 and his master's degree from the University at Buffalo in 1966. He taught middle school and high school history in the Lancaster and Williamsville schools from 1954 until he joined BOCES in 1963.

He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer and was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Food Bank of Western New York in 1997.

A passionate Buffalo Bills fan, he was known as "Stormin' Norman" for his colorful rants about football. He also bowled in several leagues.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Ruth M. Kimmler; three sons, Jeffrey, Bruce and Thomas; three daughters, Robin Specht, Bonnie Bitran and Kim Laney; and two brothers, the Rev. George and Richard.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.


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