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Gerald C. Marchand, 77, retired Bethlehem Steel human resources director

Gerald C. Marchand, 77, retired Bethlehem Steel human resources director

Jan. 25, 1942 – Oct. 15, 2019

Gerald C. “Jerry” Marchand, of East Amherst, a retired human resources director for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Oct. 15 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, he attended School 28 and was a 1959 graduate of South Park High School, where he was an honor student, designed the cover of the yearbook, played on the tennis team and was president of the Slide Rule Club.

After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, in 1963, he was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. for its loop management training program.

He was assigned to the Lackawanna plant’s coke oven department and advanced to the position of assistant general foreman of the coal chemical unit. In 1969, he was promoted to the coke oven division at Bethlehem’s plant in Burns Harbor, Ind.

Mr. Marchand became assistant superintendent at Burns Harbor in 1976 and special assistant to the plant manager in 1982. Four years later, he was named superintendent of human resources for the plant.

He moved back to Western New York in 2002 when he was appointed director of human resources for Bethlehem’s galvanized products division in Lackawanna.

He retired in 2007.

He was a state board member of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, an executive board member for Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting and a board member of Planned Parenthood of Northwest Indiana. He was a member of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

Locally, he was active with the New York Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood of Western New York, the Amherst Democratic Committee, the Western New York Peace Center, the Buffalo Urban League and North Presbyterian Church.

He was an election poll volunteer in Amherst and was recognized for his volunteer work by the Buffalo Urban League.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Patricia Kotwicki; three sons, Mark, Christopher and Todd; a sister, Shirley Jasinski; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in North Presbyterian Church, 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville.

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