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Martin A. Shimmel, fixture in Falls sports scene

June 28, 1926 – April 26, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – Martin A. “Bud” Shimmel, an office manager for Cataract Trucking for more than 40 years and an active supporter of local youth sports, died in his home Saturday. He was 87.

Mr. Shimmel was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls. He attended local schools and graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School in 1944. His wife, the former Mary C. Messina, died April 16, 2013.

He served in the United States Army as a military policeman during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He worked for Cataract Trucking until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Shimmel was the founder and past president of the North End Little League, founder and past president of the Niagara Falls High School Football Boosters, and past president of the Niagara Falls Men’s Bowling Association.

He served for 35 years as a sideline official for Niagara Falls High School football games and was a fixture at Hyde Park sporting events in the Falls. He was inducted into the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Sertoma Club’s Man of the Year.

He was also a longtime member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and was a member of its Holy Name Society and Usher’s Club.

He was an avid Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include two sons, Martin J. and Michael A.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Wednesday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, following prayers at 11:15 a.m. in the M.J. Colucci and Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road.

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