Charles L. Korbar, 55, a former sportswriter for The Buffalo Evening News, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) in Delaware Heights Nursing Home.
Although he had multiple sclerosis for many years, "Chuck never gave up," said his widow, Patricia Ann Hinton Korbar. "Multiple sclerosis made him a virtual paraplegic and took most of his eyesight, but to the end, he was writing short stories and working on a novel through the use of a computer that had dictation capability.
"At the end," Mrs. Korbar said, "he really had only his voice left, and at times, even that would go, but he had this amazing attitude of never giving up."
Korbar, a native of Fort Dix, N.J., attended St. Bonaventure University and was a graduate of Empire State College.
Prior to joining The News in 1968, he had worked for newspapers in Jamestown, Dunkirk and Lock Haven, Pa.
At The News, Korbar covered high school sports "with a passion," former News Sports Editor Milt Joffe recalled. "Chuck was knowledgeable about high school sports and worked tirelessly to be sure the accomplishments of scholastic athletes throughout Western New York were reported in the pages of The News." He also covered auto racing.
Multiple sclerosis forced his retirement in 1980, but that didn't deter him from trying to start up a statistics business for the major league baseball world.
"He started keeping stats," Mrs. Korbar recalled, "and for 12 years tried to get the major league baseball teams to buy his service, but it just never took off."
During the last several years, his widow said, he spent "hours studying the Bible and became a born-again Christian. He wanted very much to be ordained.
"It was a wish that came true," Mrs. Korbar reported. "A couple of weeks ago, a friend of his who is a Pentecostal minister in Florida came to Buffalo and ordained him."
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Krista who is serving with the U.S. Army Reserve in Little Rock, Ark.; a son, Chad of Milwaukee; two stepdaughters, Tina Hobey of Buffalo and Jennifer Herlocher of Lock Haven; a stepson, Stephen Hobey of the Town of Boston; and a brother, John of Gowanda.