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Robert J. Carr, referee and teacher

Jan. 12, 1972 – Feb. 20, 2017

Robert J. Carr, of Buffalo, a teacher and basketball referee, died unexpectedly Feb. 20. He was 45.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School, where he was a varsity basketball player, and earned a degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He studied for a master’s degree at SUNY Buffalo State.

Mr. Carr was a math teacher at Buffalo’s School 53, School 44 and School 28 Triangle Academy, and was an adult education GED teacher. He also provided private tutoring for youths in need.

Certified as a referee, he was an official for men’s, women’s and youth basketball games.

Active in politics, he worked on various local campaigns and was a former Democratic committeeman. He ran unsuccessfully for Erie County Legislature in 2001.

He was a member of the Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He also was a member of Love Alive Fellowship Church, where he sang in the choir and recently became armor bearer for pastor Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Bowens.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, the former Toiya N. Walker; a daughter, River Jordan; his father, Robert L.; and a sister, Jade.

Services were held Saturday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

CORRECTIONS: This obituary has been updated to correct Mr. Carr's date of birth and the spelling of his wife's name and to identify his child River Jordan as a daughter.

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