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Michael A. Schulz, musician, ECC associate professor

March 29, 1952 – April 17, 2015

Michael A. Schulz, a longtime Erie Community College associate professor in the building trades curriculum and a lifelong musician who played in the band Ashford Junction, died Friday while under the care of Hospice Buffalo. He was 63.

Mr. Schulz, a resident of the Old First Ward, graduated from Buffalo State College with a master’s degree in building trades. He was a Job Corps teacher in Fredonia before he was hired by Erie Community College, starting work at the City Campus in 1981. His job also involved teaching people who would work for Habitat for Humanity.

In that role, he met former first lady Rosalyn Carter when she visited Buffalo to thank Habitat workers and volunteers.

Mr. Schulz worked on the restoration job at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and was also involved in the construction of the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo.

He played bass guitar, keyboards and accordion, and appeared on a CD released by his band, Ashford Junction. Mr. Schulz was also a Big Brother and was, his family said, a role model for the young people he met.

Mr. Schulz is survived by his wife, Janet; three daughters, Holly, Nicole and Sara Schulz; and a sister, Dureen Miller.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave.