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Albert J. Schell, 90, retired mechanical engineer; Nov. 1, 1922 – Nov. 26, 2012

Albert J. Schell, of Williamsville, a retired mechanical engineer, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 90.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1940 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School. He worked in the drafting department at Buffalo Forge, then enlisted in the Army after the start of World War II, serving in the Signal Corps in Europe and attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

Returning from service, he rejoined Buffalo Forge, then attended the University of Buffalo under the GI Bill and earned a degree in mechanical engineering.

Mr. Schell worked as a mechanical engineer for Fedders-Quigan, then became one of the early employees of Moog Inc.

After earning his master's degree in business administration from UB, he worked for the U.S. Defense Department, overseeing operations in companies working on government contracts. He retired in 1984.

He enjoyed reading about history, especially books on World War I and World War II. He and his wife traveled frequently to Europe and once took a six-week trip retracing his wartime routes.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Jean MacDavid.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Danzer, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home, 5363 Genesee St., Bowmansville.