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Clifford Csont, electronics expert, radio operator

Oct. 17, 1920 – Feb. 25, 2014

Clifford Csont’s life long involvement in the electronics field started when he received an amateur radio operator’s license as a sophomore at Seneca Vocational High School. It continued with his service as an electronics technician during World War II, through his career that ended with his retirement as a program management specialist.

Mr. Csont died Feb. 25 in Brothers of Mercy Skilled Nursing Facility in Clarence. He was 93.

A longtime Amherst resident, he was born in Buffalo and graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1938. He received a bachelor’s degree in vocational/technical education from Buffalo State College in 1972.

Mr. Csont served as an electronics technician mate, second class, in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and he was a technician and eventually program management specialist before retiring from Moore Research Center on Grand Island in 1990.

He was responsible for the development and administration of the research project management system and conducted numerous seminars on the fundamentals of project planning and control. He was a member of the Project Management Institute.

Mr. Csont also worked at Sylvania Electronics Systems Research Center in Williamsville, where he developed a project planning and control system known as Baseline Management. A modification of the Navy’s Program Evaluation and Review Technique, it was designed for small or medium-sized research projects.

He also worked at American Radio Institute, Bell Aircraft and Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., and he was a supervisor in the Office of Inspector of Naval Material.

An active ham radio operator, his call letters were W8PON and, subsequently, W2UEL.

He was a member of Kensington Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo and Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville, where he was a teacher and leader in the church school program for 25 years. He was a member of an active scouting family, proceeding from tenderfoot to scoutmaster. He also was a member of the Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Association.

After his retirement, Mr. Csont kept busy with do-it-yourself home projects, and he enjoyed traveling and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rita J.; a son, Paul; two daughters, Jennifer Sperduto and Anne Marie Furlani; three brothers, Frederick, Jack and Kenneth; a sister, Joan Haller; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 22 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.

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