Anthony Greeley, a marathon runner and road-race certifier for the U.S. Track and Field Association, died Sunday (Sept. 20, 1998) in his Elma home after a long illness. He was 60.
Greeley had run 20 marathons, including the Buffalo, Skylon, Boston, Marine Corps, and Honolulu marathons. He won many age-group awards in local races, as well as two gold medals for completing the Chautauqua Overland Cross Country Ski Marathon.
A natural runner with speed and grace, Greeley coached many local runners and was active with the Lancaster Striders, Nickel City Road Runners and Belle Whatling Running Club.
He also was an integral part of the Grandits' Bandits centipede that has entertained crowds at the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.
Greeley retired in 1997 as quality control manager for P&G Steel Products in Cheektowaga. Before that, he worked 20 years as a product engineer for Buffalo Hydraulics Division of Houdaille Industries.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and Erie Community College. He also attended the University at Buffalo and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
The U.S. Army veteran was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and served four years in Germany.
Survivors include his former wife, Barbara of Elma; his friend, Sue Keller of Lancaster; three daughters, Kim Rosendahl of Canyon Lake, Texas, Mary E. Greeley of Bedford, Texas, and Lori Rafferty of Latham; his twin sister, Christine Clark of South Windsor, Conn.; and four grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4920 Seneca St, West Seneca.