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Ted Skura, educator, National Guard captain, drummer

Oct. 22, 1931 – June 8, 2015

Ted Skura, a Niagara Falls educator, captain in the National Guard and chief warrant officer in the Army Reserves whose military career spanned 40 years, died June 8 in his Depew home after a brief illness. He was 83.

Mr. Skura grew up in the Black Rock section of Buffalo and attended Riverside High School. He found a special interest in electronics, which led to fixing many family televisions, eventually leading to his employment at Sylvania for 20 years. He later earned a master’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo State and went on to become an educator at two Niagara Falls high schools for 22 years. After retiring from the Niagara Falls school system, he worked for the IRS until this past December.

Mr. Skura was a member of Assumption Parish for over 70 years, keeping close ties to the Black Rock community in which he lived, socialized, and raised his family. His passions included camping, problem-solving to fix all things electrical, discussing politics and music. While in his 20s, he took up the drums as a way to make extra money playing with a local band.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Geraldine Brylinski; two daughters, Diane and Suzanne; a brother, Anthony Skora; four grand- children; and two great-grand- children.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Martha Parish, 10 French Road, Depew.