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John W. Koessler III, musician, ex-plant manager

Dec. 22, 1950 – May 13, 2016

John W. “Jack” Koessler III, of Derby, a musician and former plant manager for Greater Buffalo Press, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 65.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in printing from Rochester Institute of Technology.

The son of John Koessler Jr., chief executive officer of Greater Buffalo Press, Mr. Koessler joined the company in 1972 and retired as plant manager in 1990, the year after the company was sold. After retiring, he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music to follow his passion. A keyboardist, he was CEO of Jack’s Music.

He played piano for St. John Paul II Catholic Church, the Quaker Tones and the Carol McLaughlin Big Band. He was a member of Local 92, American Federation of Musicians and the board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also was a member of the Canisius College Board of Regents, the Southtowns Catholic School Board, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Wanakah Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Ellen Carney; a son, Sean W.; two daughters, Louise M. and Claire E.; two brothers, William J. and Eugene A.; and three sisters, Mary Clare Smith, Carol A. and Barbara L.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Paul II Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.

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