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Lawrence J. Hughes, high school math teacher <br> Oct. 20, 1925 -- May 8, 2012

Lawrence Joseph Hughes, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired high school math teacher and former manager of a teachers credit union, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He was 86.

A South Buffalo native, Mr. Hughes was a graduate of South Park High School. During World War II, he served in the Army, achieving the rank of sergeant, and was stationed in Germany.

Mr. Hughes earned his bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State College and his master's degree in education from Canisius College. He taught mathematics at Tonawanda High School from 1949 to 1960 and taught math at Amherst High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1982. That year, Mr. Hughes became employed as the manager of the Amherst Teachers Federal Credit Union, a position he held until 1995.

In the early 1960s, he was awarded the National Science Foundation grant for the study of math at Franklin Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Mr. Hughes was a member of Tan Tara Country Club and the Amherst Glee Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Jane B. Gucwa; a son, Lawrence John; and a daughter, Margaret Fatin.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2995 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.