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Alfonse S. Gavin, retired social studies teacher

Oct. 7, 1927 – Oct. 19, 2014

Alfonse S. “Al” Gavin, a retired social studies teacher, died last Sunday at Schoellkopf Health Care Facility in Niagara Falls, after a brief illness. He was 87.

Born in Hagaman in Montgomery County, Mr. Gavin graduated in 1946 from Wilber H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam. He enlisted in the Army at the end of World War II and was stationed in Berlin. When Mr. Gavin returned stateside, he moved to Niagara Falls.

Mr. Gavin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Niagara University. While at Niagara, he re-enlisted in the Army through the ROTC program.

After graduation, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and later Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., where he was involved in artillery and rifle training and rose to the rank of lieutenant.

He married Pauline “Morley” Morell in 1952.

Mr. Gavin was a social studies teacher in Niagara Falls, where he spent his 35-year career teaching at Gaskill Junior High School.

During that time, he worked as a private tutor, as well. He also owned and operated Gavin Tours Sightseeing in Niagara Falls for many years.

He enjoyed photography and was a contributing author of “Outpost of Empires,” a school textbook of Niagara Falls history.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gavin is survived by his four sons, Gerald, Kenneth, David and John; a sister, Cecelia Carpenter; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph’s Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

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