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E. Webster Dann, retired educator, coach, local history enthusiast

May 1, 1929 – March 21, 2017

E. Webster Dann, a retired educator, coach and local historian, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Nichols School and Lehigh University, where he played varsity hockey.

Mr. Dann worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, before being drafted into the Army and served two years at First Infantry Division Headquarters, Germany.

After the Army, he taught seventh- and eighth-grade math at Governor Dummer Academy, now known as the Governors Academy, in Byfield, Mass. He was a longtime friend of Boston Bruins star Bobby Orr and the two maintained this relationship via correspondence after Mr. Dann returned to Buffalo.

Mr. Dann taught at the the Park and Nichols schools, and coached hockey and soccer for 30 years. He also was active in youth hockey, coaching and sponsoring the Tonawanda Lightning for many years.

He maintained friendships with a great many of his former students and players, stretching back to the beginning of his teaching career.

Mr. Dann enjoyed collecting Buffalo memorabilia, especially from the era of the Pan-American Exposition. He was a passionate coin collector and also enjoyed solving mathematical puzzles.

Mr. Dann also was committed to preserving Native American History and was a charter member of the Native American Museum in Washington. For the last seven years, he sponsored and corresponded with a Navajo teenager, on the Navajo Reservation outside of Albuquerque, N.M.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Services are private. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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