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Walter Scott Pequet, retired Buffalo teacher, artist

May 23, 1927 – July 21, 2015

Walter Scott Pequet of Amherst, a longtime teacher in the Buffalo School District and a World War II veteran, died Tuesday in his Amherst home. He was 88.

Born in Sidnaw, Mich., he was the second-youngest of 17 children and attended local schools in Trout Creek.

After graduation, he served in the Army during World War II.

After the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University, where he also studied art – a passion that would stay with him throughout his lifetime.

After college, he traveled the world, often paying his way by securing jobs on freighters.

He traveled to Europe and Africa but had a special fondness for Portugal.

Eventually, he began to work on the Great Lakes. It was during a stop in Buffalo to see the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that he met his wife, Phyllis Burnett, who died in 2012.

In 1962, Mr. Pequet began his 30-year teaching career with the Buffalo School District at School 6, which later became the Academic Challenge Center.

He began and finished his career at School 6, with a short stint at Burgard High School from 1961 to 1962.

Family members said he enjoyed working with inner-city children and sometimes would counsel students and partner with their families to keep them out of gangs.

A watercolor artist, his depictions of magical animals adorned the hallways of School 6. Also interested in technology, he secured a grant to bring the first computers into the school.

Mr. Pequet was honored as Buffalo Teacher of the Year just before his retirement in 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Pequet Wilde; three brothers, Robert, Larry and Art; and five grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held Sunday.

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