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Howard S. Moncton, engineer March 31, 1916 -- Dec. 24, 2006

Howard S. Moncton of Williamsville, an engineer and business manager, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90.

A native of Schenectady, he earned his bachelor's degree in physics at Union College.

Mr. Moncton worked for Sylvania Electric Products from 1939 to 1969 in various technical and administrative capacities. Originally located in Emporium, Pa., he moved with Sylvania to Long Island in 1943, with responsibility to establish and operate a central research laboratory.

He moved to Buffalo in 1952 with administrative responsibilities for Sylvania's radio and television division. In 1969, he retired as the manager of planning and facilities at the Williamsville location of Sylvania Electronic Systems to become secretary-treasurer of the University at Buffalo Foundation, a job he held until his full retirement in 1979.

Mr. Moncton was an enthusiastic ham radio operator and had been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers since 1939. He was a member of the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Management Association.

He had been an active member of Amherst Community Church since 1952, serving as treasurer and chairman of the board. He used his business management experience to establish a child care facility at the church.
He and his wife of 65 years, the former Jean Metz, enjoyed the theater and frequently traveled, most often to participate in Elderhostel programs and to Chautauqua Institution.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, David, Lee and Bradley; and a sister, Vivian Raftery.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.

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