June 17, 1956 – Dec. 17, 2015
Richard H. Sondel Jr., an information technology specialist, died unexpectedly Thursday in Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was 59.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and Erie Community College.
A systems analyst and project manager, Mr. Sondel joined Ronco Communications in 1977 and advanced to become president. In 1994, he became a sales engineer for Nortel Communications Systems and two years later joined Williams Communications as a project manager.
He went on to become a senior systems analyst for Black Box Network Services.
In 2011, he moved to New York City and became director of information technology for Stephen Einstein & Associates, a law firm in Manhattan.
Since 1997, he also worked as lead technician for game day communications for the Buffalo Bills, flying in for games after he moved from the area, and was known as @Billsheadsetguy.
As a fan, he attended all four Bills appearances in the Super Bowl.
A former Amherst resident, Mr. Sondel and his wife also owned Village Desserts in Williamsville and P&R Bakery in the Town of Tonawanda from 2004 to 2010.
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed traveling, photography, golfing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, LisaMarie; two sons, Richard H. III and Eric; three daughters, Krystal, Heather Kelly and Megan Kelly; two brothers, Paul and Michael A.; a sister, Rosemary Slawich; and a grandson.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Dec. 29 in the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.