Eugene F. Sanford Jr., a Buffalo teacher for more than 30 years, died Monday in his Lake View home. He was 65.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Sanford graduated from Kenmore West High School, where he was an exceptional athlete, earning scholarships in baseball and football from Ithaca College. He was scouted by both the New York Yankees and Mets but broke his ankle during a baseball game at Ithaca and was unable to continue his quest for the big leagues.
Mr. Sanford earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University at Buffalo and master's degree from Canisius College.
He taught English and Social Studies at Boys Vocational High School, Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts and finished his career at South Park Prep.
An accomplished bowler, Mr. Sanford was a member of several teams and bowled twice a week until his death. For many years, he had season tickets to Buffalo Bisons games.
He loved cars, especially his red convertible Ford Mustang. An avid reader, Mr. Sanford would often read two or three books at the same time and looked forward to daily crossword puzzles.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, the former Eileen Barrett; a son, Daniel; and four daughters, Molly Constantino, Kelly Colwell, Emily and Sarah.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.