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Richard A. Lee, 76, science teacher, football coach

May 15, 1943 – Aug. 15, 2019

Richard Anthony Lee, of North Boston, a science teacher and football coach in the Buffalo schools, died Aug. 15 after a period of declining health. He was 76.

Born in Salamanca, he attended St. Patrick's School in that city and and was a 1961 graduate of Bishop Timon High School. Outstanding as a guard, he won a football scholarship to Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and education.

He went on to complete his master’s degree in education at Buffalo State College.

Mr. Lee taught science in the Buffalo schools for 34 years, beginning at Southside Junior High School and South Park High School. He retired in 1999, after 10 years at Hutchinson Central Technical High School.

He was a football coach at Southside and South Park.

He finished his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Hamburg High School Bulldogs in 1990.

Active in the community in Boston since 1972, he was the Town of Boston’s youth recreation director. He coached youth football and Little League baseball.

He and his wife, a youth employment counselor for the Town of Boston, received the town’s Service to Youth Award in 1987.

Active in the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company for more than 40 years, he was a former fire chief.

He was president of the Boston Conservation Advisory Council, started the fishing derby for youngsters in Boston Town Park and was involved with the trout-stocking program in Eighteen Mile Creek.

A parishioner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, he was an usher, a member of the Parish Council and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and president of the food pantry.

Having a blood type that could be used to help premature infants, he was a frequent donor to the American Red Cross blood program and was honored for it.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and golf. He was a member of a senior bowling league in Hamburg.

In retirement, he and his wife traveled to Europe and Alaska.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Nancy J. Marschner, who also taught in Buffalo schools; three sons, Michael, John and David; a sister, Ann; five grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and four great-stepgrandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in St. John the Baptist Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Boston.

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