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Norbert Schulz, retired News photographer April 8, 1910 -- Dec. 9, 2005

JAMESTOWN -- Norbert A. Schulz of Jamestown, a retired Buffalo News photographer, died Friday in WCA Hospital. He was 95.

Mr. Schulz joined The News in 1927, riding a bicycle to deliver advertising proofs. He later worked on the classified ad switchboard, in the mail room and as a retouch artist in the art department before becoming a staff photographer in 1941.

His derring-do was legendary. He came within inches of plunging off the steelwork of the Skyway when it was under construction, disappeared in a Lake Erie ice field and rode out blizzards in stalled cars, once in the caboose of a freight train.

Mr. Schulz photographed presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Richard M. Nixon and covered the Attica prison uprising in 1971. He also was noted for his sports photos.

He was a five-time winner of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild Page One Award. His photos also won places of distinction in many news photography displays.

Born in Buffalo, the oldest boy among 15 children, he was a graduate of Technical High School and attended Canisius College and Winona School of Photography.

A longtime Orchard Park resident, he moved to Jamestown in 1976.

A former member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Orchard Park, he was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Jamestown and the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.

His wife of 63 years, Alwine C. Stark Schulz, died in 1994.

Surviving are a daughter, Joanne E. Bailey of Jamestown; a brother, Willard of Buffalo; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be scheduled. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

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