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William C. Quick, elementary school principal

June 11, 1938 – April 5, 2016w

William C. Quick of Elma, a former elementary school principal in the Iroquois Central School District, died Tuesday. He was 77.

Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Quick graduated from Buffalo State College, where he earned a master’s degree in education.

According to his family, at age 27, Mr. Quick became the youngest principal in New York State. During his career of more than 25 years at Iroquois, he was principal at all three primary schools, first at West Elma Primary, followed by Marilla Elementary and Wales Elementary.

For more than 50 years, he had been dubbed the “Voice of the Chiefs,” announcing varsity football and basketball games and track and field meets at Iroquois Central, as well as Section VI football games.

He was an avid bowler and had for decades played slow-pitch softball. He even was a NASCAR driver for a preliminary race lap.

He had a great affinity for model trains, which ultimately took over the basement of his home. Mr. Quick also attended train shows across the country, and served on the board of the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society. He was a longtime member of the Western New York Railway Historical Society.

Mr. Quick was a member of the “Back Row Boys” at First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Eve Grabier; four daughters, Deborah, Cheryl, Jean and Laura; a son, Carl; his sister, Ann; two brothers, Richard and Mitchell; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, 9 Paine St.