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Frank T. Czysz Jr., science teacher, WWII Seabee; Oct. 12, 1924 -- Jan. 24, 2012

Frank T. "Bud" Czysz Jr. of North Tonawanda, a retired science teacher, died Tuesday in Tonawanda Manor, Town of Tonawanda. He was 87.

Born in North Tonawanda, he was a 1942 graduate of North Tonawanda High School. A varsity football player, he was a member of the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame. He served in the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific during World War II.

He attended the University of Tennessee and earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's degree in physics from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Czysz taught for more than 35 years in City of Tonawanda schools, beginning as an earth science and biology teacher in Tonawanda Junior High School. He later taught physics and chemistry at Tonawanda High School. He retired in 1990.

He was assistant wrestling coach at Tonawanda High School under George Miller and was director of adult education. He was a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the Tonawanda Education Association.

He was a life member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion, and the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club.

His wife, Lois Gallagher Czysz, died in 2006.

Surviving are a son, Michael; two daughters, Marsha Tupper and Janet; and three sisters, Mary Jean Yockey, Shirley Bowman and Kathleen Getman. A private memorial service will be scheduled.