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Rev. Edwin H. Sprague, Presbyterian minister, choir singer, active in community

Sept. 28, 1936 – June 17, 2016

The Rev. Edwin H. Sprague, associate pastor at Hamburg Presbyterian Church for many years, died June 17 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 79.

Sprague, of Hamburg, served as interim general presbyter for the Presbytery of Western New York, the church’s regional governing body, from 1994 to 1997. He was moderator for the Presbytery in 1990 and 1991.

He also served as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church in Cheektowaga and First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora.

Born in Darby, Pa., he was a 1959 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and a 1962 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, he accepted a call to be pastor of Juniata Presbyterian Church in Altoona, Pa.

Active in community affairs, he was a former member of the Hamburg Village Recreation Board, the Erie Community College South Campus Citizens Advisory Board, the Hamburg Historical Society, the Hamburg Ministerial Association and Imagine Hamburg. He was a member of Presbyterian Senior Care Services of Western New York and Journey’s End Refugee Services.

He was a volunteer at the information desk at Mercy Hospital for 11½ years. With his wife, he made deliveries for Meals on Wheels in Hamburg for 14 years. For four years, he was a corner captain for the sale of Kids Day issues of The Buffalo News. He also helped deliver donations of fresh farm produce to area food pantries.

He and his wife, whom he met at Chautauqua Institution in the summer of 1955, shared an interest in choral singing and sang together from college through their retirement years. He was a member of the Orchard Park Chorale, the Community Advent Chorale and the choir of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Virginia Lee “Ginnie” Borden; two sons, Jeffrey S. and E. Douglass; a brother, Robert P.; a sister, Lynn Taylor; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 9 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, following a 9:30 a.m. visitation.

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