November 1, 1930 – April 8, 2018
Edward M. Recoon, a podiatrist for many years in the Buffalo area, died April 8 at Canterbury Woods in Williamsville. He was 87.
Dr. Recoon was born and raised in Buffalo, the elder son of Harry and Leah Recoon, who emigrated from the Ukraine in the early 1920s. His parents operated a live poultry market, selling both kosher and non-kosher chickens. They did not have a lot of money and, as he grew up. Dr. Recoon did what he could to help his parents, including working alongside his father and brother, Phil, selling watermelons at the Broadway Market.
He attended Fosdick-Masten High School and was the first person in his family to go to college, attending the University at Buffalo and then the New York School of Podiatric Medicine.
After graduating from podiatry school in 1954, he went into the Army and was first stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and then was assigned as a medic in Paris for two years. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Buffalo to begin a career as a podiatrist.
Dr. Recoon started his own practice in Cheektowaga. He served throughout the 1960s, '70s and '80s on numerous capacities on the executive board of the Podiatry Society of New York, on both local and state levels, including the state ethics, peer review and finance committees. He served as president of the Western New York division from 1975-1977.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Recoon worked for many years on the podiatry staff at the Episcopal Church Home, the former Rosa Coplon Home, Sheridan Park Hospital, Erie County Medical Center, and Sheehan Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Recoon met his wife, the former Sandra Adler, on a blind date, and they married in 1958. They enjoyed frequent Friday night dinners with their extended family, and loved spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles, childhood friends and podiatry school buddies. Toward the end of his career, the couple spent winters in Sarasota, Fla., and eventually retired there. They returned to Buffalo for summers.
His interests included tennis, golf, theater and Broadway musicals. He was a Buffalo sports fan, and was an original season ticket-holder for the Buffalo Braves and Buffalo Bills. He loved fishing trips with family and friends, as well as playing cards and watching old movies and TV shows.
Dr. Recoon also enjoyed food. A family tradition was going to Chef’s Restaurant before attending Buffalo Braves basketball games. He loved sharing “halftime” sandwiches at Buffalo Bills games -- large soft rolls brimming with corned beef, pastrami, turkey, mustard and sour pickles. Another favorite was shore lunches of fresh bass or pike caught on fishing trips in Northern Canada. He also also earned a reputation for making “crazy eggs," scrambled eggs sautéed with onions, vegetables and different types of cheese.
Dr. Recoon was also a good storyteller and photographer, documenting the milestones of his family. He donated to numerous charities throughout the years, including the Audubon Society and Buffalo Zoo.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Pam; two sons, Mitchell and Eric; seven grandchildren, and a brother, Dr. Phillip.