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Leroy L. "Bud" Pitkin, of Winston-Salem, N.C., a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Kenmore High School for several decades, died in his home Sept. 26 after a brief illness. He was 93.

A native of Cleveland, he earned a master's degree in education from Syracuse University.

He worked as a business teacher, coach and assistant principal at Kenmore High, now Kenmore West, from 1936 until 1954, when he left to pursue a career in life insurance and estate planning with Home Life Insurance Co., now Phoenix Life Insurance Co.

Mr. Pitkin remained active with Kenmore West as an adviser through the 1970s and 1980s and was given a Kenmore West Cornerstone Award in 1988 for more than 50 years of service to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school system.

He was also active in community service and worked with the Boys Club of America in the Town of Tonawanda for more than 20 years.

Mr. Pitkin began his coaching career at Kenmore in 1936 as an assistant to Dick Offenhamer, who later became head football coach at the University of Buffalo. He became Kenmore's head football coach in 1947 and compiled a record of 20 victories and four losses during his tenure.

He was inducted into the Kenmore West Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

During his own school career, he played quarterback at Fosdick-Masten Park High School and was a running back at Syracuse University.

He enjoyed teaching and coaching football even more than playing and was remembered for his advice to "live, love, laugh and learn to the fullest extent."

All three of his sons played quarterback at Kenmore West.

In the early 1990s, he established the Pitkin Family Scholarship fund, which each year awards a college scholarship to an outstanding Kenmore West student-athlete.

His wife, Edith Wagner Pitkin, died in 1987.

Surviving are two sons, Dan of Arnold, Md., and Rob of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Lester Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.


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