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David W. Hess, ex-assistant superintendent with Buffalo schools

April 14, 1944 – Feb. 17, 2015

David W. Hess, a former assistant superintendent with Buffalo Public Schools, died Tuesday at Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg following a seven-year struggle with Lewy body dementia. He was 70.

Mr. Hess, a resident of Angola, was born in Buffalo and graduated from West Seneca Central Schools. He was a graduate of Hartwick College and received his master’s degree in educational administration from Buffalo State College.

From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Hess was an assistant principal at Lake Shore Middle School. In 1986, he became principal of the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and in 1991 he was named an assistant superintendent in the district. He retired in 2000.

He also was a member of the Lake Shore School Board for 12 years and of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Besides being a dedicated educator, Mr. Hess was an expert photographer. He traveled the world capturing photos of local children and scenic wonders in such places as Turkey, Vietnam, China and Thailand.

He married his wife, the former JoAnn Tymorski, in 1967, and two years later the couple decided to build their own home. That resulted in formation of Dave Hess Construction Co., and Mr. Hess continued to build and remodel many houses in the area.

Friends will most remember Mr. Hess for his sense of humor. He took pride in having been named comedian of the year by his college fraternity.

He also was a dedicated member of the Tuesday Lunch Group, composed of fellow educators who continued to meet at nursing homes to accommodate Mr. Hess during his illness.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hess is survived by his son, David Jr.; two daughters, Kristen Brown and Kara Elvin; two sisters, Shirley Schaefer and Carol Rockhill; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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