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2018-05-16 / Obituaries

H. David Myers, influential presence in Grand Island schools

Myers Myers Horace David Myers, 97, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Mr. Myers was born on Aug. 19, 1920, in Hornell, New York. He grew up in Eden, New York, with his wife, Alice (nee Baldauf), and spent his formative years playing sports, hunting and working.

In 1938, he attended Springfield College, but a family emergency forced him to return to Buffalo. He restarted his education at SUNY Cortland, from which he ultimately graduated with a degree in physical education.

He supported the war effort by building aircraft engines at the General Motors-Chevy Aviation Plant. He married Alice in 1943 and moved to Lockport before settling in the Town of Tonawanda.

While in high school and college, Mr. Myers excelled in gymnastics, tennis, boxing, badminton, chess, hockey and, above all, soccer.

Mr. Myers is known as the “Father of Grand Island Athletics.” He was instrumental in the expansion of the Grand Island School system. He oversaw the construction of all of the athletic facilities in the elementary, middle and senior high schools and was honored in 2014 when the new GI High School Athletic Complex was dedicated to him. He also named the Grand Island athletic teams the “Vikings.”

From his first marriage, he is survived by three children, Douglas and David Myers and Deborah Meilun; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice.

From his second marriage, he is survived by three stepchildren, David, William and Harry Laing; seven step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Julia (nee Laing) and one stepchild, Sue Light.

Visitation is being held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Laing Funeral Home Inc., 2724 W. Church St., Eden. A private funeral service will be held by the family. Memorials may be made to the H. David Myers Soccer Scholarship Fund, 353 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14223.

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