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Charles P. Trapp, WWII veteran, funeral director; June 3, 1924 -- June 23, 2011

Charles P. Trapp, a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired funeral director, died Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Trapp was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and a 1948 graduate of Canisius College. In 1951, Mr. Trapp graduated from Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse.

In 1943 he joined the Navy as a midshipman and rose to the rank of ensign. In September 1945, he landed with occupation forces in Japan.

Mr. Trapp was a teacher at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute from 1951 to 1954.

From 1953 to 1978, he operated his own business, Charles P. Trapp Funeral Home, 2524 Main St.

He was hired as the director of security for the Buffalo & Erie County Library system from 1975 to 1995. From 1978 to 1995, when he retired, Mr. Trapp was affiliated with the McDonald-Thomas V. Ray Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue.

He served as first president of the alumni association at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and was a member of Di Gamma Society at Canisius College. Mr. Trapp was president of the Holy Name Society at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 399 Woodward Ave., and a member of both the Knights of Columbus and Buffalo Skating Club.

The day he died was also the 60th anniversary of his marriage to the former Kathleen O'Connor.

Survivors also include three daughters, Kathleen T. Schwert, Susan T. Schultz and Reenie T. Caimano; three sons, Michael T., C. Paul and Gregory J.; a sister, Joan E.; and a brother, Joseph T.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

[MCNEIL]