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Robert A. Iggulden, longtime volunteer firefighter

July 6, 1940 – Jan. 28, 2017

Robert A. Iggulden, of Elma, a teacher who was active as a volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years, died Saturday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a short illness. He was 76.

Robert Iggulden

Born in Buffalo, he attended Clarence Center Elementary School and Clarence High School.

He was a graduate of Brockport State Teachers College and earned certification as a special education teacher at Syracuse University.

Mr. Iggulden initially was a special education teacher in Palmyra, then taught middle school math and high school social studies in the Alden schools, retiring in 1995.

A certified emergency medical technician, he also taught EMT training classes at Erie Community College.

He began serving as a firefighter in 1961 with the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company, was a member of the volunteer fire company in Palmyra from 1967 to 1969, then joined the Alden Hook and Ladder Fire Company in 1970.

Since 1990, he also had been a member of the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Company in Elma. He was honored as firefighter of the year several times by the Alden and Jamison Road companies.

He was president of the Alden fire company in 1983-84 and held numerous other offices, including three terms as vice president, two terms as fire police lieutenant and several terms as secretary.

He had been the company’s associate chaplain since 2005.

He also was a member of the Greater Lancaster Museum of Firefighting, the New York State Fire Chaplains Association and the Erie County Volunteer Fire Police Association.

He served on the Alden Youth Court in the 1990s and was a member of the board of directors of Alden Meals on Wheels.

He also was a member of the Town of Elma Assessment Board of Review.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Sharon Kostraba; a son, Loren Harper; two daughters, Cory Zoeller and Erin Gonser; a brother, Kent; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Charles Meyer Funeral Home, 13228 Broadway, Alden.

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