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PUFFER, George R.

PUFFER - George R.
Of Seven Lakes, NC, July 29, 2011.
George was born on April 19, 1936 to Clyde and Thelma (Sanders) Puffer. He grew up in his cherished hometown of Conneaut, OH and attended the East Conneaut United Methodist Church. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Gillum, his loving partner for 56 years. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1966, began teaching in high schools, and in 1970 was offered a position the Secretarial Science Department of Erie Community College North Campus, Williamsville, NY. During his tenure, George spearheaded efforts to transition the department from electric typewriters to modern technology. He approached his job with compassion and caring, which earned him admiration and affection from students and colleagues. A long time co-worker described him as mild mannered, yet tenacious and known to get things done right and for the right reason. He retired in 1994 as an Associate Professor of Office Technology at ECC North, and had served as Department Chair for several years. He was a long time member of Orchard Park United Methodist Church in Orchard Park, NY, serving in the Sunday School Program, as Treasurer, and Certified Lay Speaker.
Upon retirement, George and Carolyn moved to Seven Lakes. George discovered his love for music early and was playing guitar at the age of six. It was a passion he pursued his whole life, more recently performing in local nursing homes playing guitar, keyboard and singing. On his final day of life, he performed to an audience that included Alzheimer's patients, who delighted him with their response to his music. George was a man of high principles, a caring friend to many, and when an occasion arose, a noted wit. He is survived by his devoted wife Carolyn, daughters Cynthia (Ralph) Darby of Abington, PA, Julie (David) Dietz of Holly Springs, NC and granddaughter Julia Darby. He was preceded in death by his brothers Phillip (Consuelo) Puffer, Frank (Marijo) Puffer and sister-in-law Bernadine (Yusko) Puffer. Services were held Friday, August 5 at the Chapel In the Pines in Seven Lakes. Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

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