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Allen C. Schwartz, musician, retired store owner

Dec. 5, 1918 – May 3, 2015

Allen C. Schwartz of Williamsville, a longtime musician who taught navigation, died May 3 at home after a brief illness. He was 96.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1936 graduate of Seneca Vocational School and attended Buffalo State College.

Mr. Schwartz owned McClellan Music House for 30 years. He purchased the music house in 1964, where he provided new and old instruments, accessories, service and rentals to area musicians. The store, on Franklin Street, worked closely with school rental programs in Western New York. He sold the business in 1995.

Mr. Schwartz had previously worked as a draftsman for 20 years for several companies, including Hard Manufacturing and Fedders Corp. He was a salesman for 3M Company for a brief period.

A talented musician who played clarinet and saxophone, he was a member of Buffalo Musicians Association Local 92 for 50 years. Passionate about music, he started playing at age 8, wearing his knickers until age 88. He performed for various venues, functions and bands, including New Years Eve parties for more than 50 years, Shriners Band, Eggertsville Hose Nite Club, Buffalo Swing, and clubs in the Adirondacks.

He was a 71-year member of the Ken-Ton Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club for 35 years, where he was elected commodore in 1992. He enjoyed boating and taught navigation at the Buffalo Power Squadron.

His first wife of 36 years, the former Viola Raupp, died in February 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Evelyn Eisile; a daughter, Lynne Smith; three stepdaughters, Kathryn Thomas, Jayne Lynch and Beth Sinclair; a stepson, William Scharra; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 7.

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