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Paul M. Bohn, operations manager, teaching aide

June 20, 1947 – Feb. 2, 2016

Paul M. Bohn, who worked for many years as an operations manager and had a second career as a teaching assistant in the Cheektowaga Central School District, died Tuesday in Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. He was 68.

The Buffalo native grew up on a family farm in Lancaster, where he contracted polio when he was 6. The disease led to partial paralysis in his legs, and Mr. Bohn used a leg brace and crutches for most of his life.

Mr. Bohn attended Iroquois High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Oswego, where he was a member of Beta Tau Epsilon fraternity. He worked for 30 years as operations manager at Higgins Erectors and Haulers, until the company closed in 2002.

Shortly after, he began a second career, initially as a substitute teacher and then as a teaching aide for English as a Second Language, working for about a decade in Cheektowaga Central schools. Mr. Bohn had a passion for human rights that helped him engage with international students who were adjusting to a new environment and language. Family members described Mr. Bohn’s teaching work as his true calling.

In retirement, Mr. Bohn enjoyed crosswords, Sudoku and keeping abreast of international politics.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Diane; a stepdaughter, Sarah Boeckel; a stepson, P.J. Boeckel; a sister, Janet Kallen; and two granddaughters.

A celebration in his honor will be held at 6 p.m. March 3 in Loughran’s Bar & Restaurant, 4543 Main St., Amherst.

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