Frank J. Schreck, a World War II veteran who spent much of his life doing volunteer work for St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 86.
A retired vice president with a national trucking company, Mr. Schreck was born in Buffalo. He graduated from St. Joe's in 1941, and his devotion to the Kenmore Avenue school lasted the rest of his life.
"St. Joe's has always meant the world to him," recalled attorney Robert J. Schreck, one of his two sons. "He helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the school and spent thousands of hours volunteering there. At age 85, he was still volunteering, taking tickets at the Saturday football games."
Enlisting in the Army after high school, Mr. Schreck served in Europe as a technical sergeant with the 411th Infantry Division. In 1945, he took part in the liberation of the infamous concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, an experience that he found difficult to talk about for the rest of his life.
After the war, he attended the University of Buffalo but before graduating went to work in the trucking industry to support his family. He spent most of his working career with Pilot Freight Carriers.
He started as a salesman and rose through the ranks to become Buffalo terminal manager, Northeast regional manager and then a vice president of the nationwide firm. He retired in 1990.
Mr. Schreck had been a volunteer at St. Joe's since the 1960s. The school named him its man of the year in 1977, and in 1989 he was named to the Signum Fidei Society, the highest honor for a St. Joe's alumnus. He was a member of the school's board of trustees.
He also was a longtime fundraising volunteer with Catholic Charities, and the many organizations he was a member of included the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Transportation Club of Buffalo and the Amherst Traffic Safety Board.
In addition to his son Robert, survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Rachel Catalano, and another son, Dr. Frank T.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.