A Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene R. Kaiser, 75, a retired city firefighter and high school teacher, was offered Monday in St. Florian's Catholic Church. Burial was in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.
A lifelong resident of the city, Kaiser, 75, died Friday (Dec. 28, 1990) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness.
For much of his life, Kaiser managed two careers, working nights as a Buffalo firefighter and days as a permanent substitute teacher at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. He retired from the Buffalo Fire Department after 33 years of service but continued to work in education, serving until recently as school treasurer at Hutch-Tech. During 40 years in education, he taught a variety of shop courses as well as academic subjects.
A graduate of Lafayette High School, Kaiser was an all-star athlete in football, baseball and basketball. He was a member of the Class of 1937 at Canisius College, where, as a varsity football player, he earned the nickname "Century Kaiser" after he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
He was a past governor of the Transit Valley Country Club in Amherst and a supporter of several charities.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Helen Bayard; a son, Robert G. of Independence, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Cooke of Toronto; a brother, William, and seven grandchildren.