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Ramon Mendez, leader in Lackawanna youth sports

Oct. 27, 1934 – March 2, 2017

Ramon Mendez, of Lackawanna, a retired steelworker who was a leader in youth sports in Lackawanna for many years, died Thursday in Father Baker Manor, Lackawanna, after a short illness. He was 82.

Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School. He served in the Army Reserve.

Mr. Mendez began working at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1953 and was a crane operator in the galvanizing mill. He retired in 1996.

His five sons provided the impetus for his lengthy involvement in youth sports. He was active in Lackawanna Boys Association baseball for 30 years, serving as coach, manager, rules committee chairman, financial secretary and vice president.

A founder and charter member of the Lackawanna Little Loop Football League, he served as a coach and financial secretary.

He was honored by the City of Lackawanna and Erie County in 1997 for his service to Lackawanna youth.

He also was a member of the Lackawanna Zoning Board for 13 years and served as its chairman.

He was a member of the West Seneca Moose Lodge and served as governor.

He also was former treasurer of the Spanish Club of Lackawanna and a member of the Limestone Club in Lackawanna.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Patricia Rogers; five sons, Robert, Brian, Thomas, Paul and Peter; a daughter, Kerri Miller; two brothers, Moses Jr. and George; a sister, Olivia Padilla; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3144 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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