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JONATHAN T. NEWMAN, ASPIRED TO BE A TEACHER
FEB. 5, 1982 -- MARCH 2004

A memorial service for Jonathan T. Newman of East Amherst will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Amherst.

Mr. Newman, a talented athlete who one day hoped to become a high school teacher, apparently took his own life in late March after suffering severe depression. He was 22.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Amherst and graduated with honors in the Class of 2000 at Williamsville East High School, excelling in both sports and academics.

He participated in Williamsville Junior League Football as a boy and later played varsity defense for the Williamsville East Flames. His sack attack earned him All-Western New York honorable mention in his senior year. He also holds a school record for the most blocked kicks.

Mr. Newman also participated in track and lacrosse. He lettered in wrestling during his sophomore year and won the Iroquois Central tournament.

At the time of his death, he was a senior and honors student at the University at Buffalo, majoring in English. He had planned to teach high school students and already was at work on a trilogy of novels. He recently was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Family members said Mr. Newman enjoyed music and engaging in deep, philosophical discussions. He believed strongly in human rights and social equality.

He is survived by his parents, Debra A. Norton and Morris I. Newman of East Amherst; a sister, Liz of the Town of Tonawanda; and a brother, Jason L. of Buffalo.

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