Friday, November 4, 2016

Francesca Rosa RIP

Clarence alumna Francesca Rosa (Class '72) passed away October 3, 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

Francesca (as she preferred to be called after high school) was an accomplished writer, and so much more. She designed the cover of our yearbook, and from there went on in different creative and activist fields in her chosen home of San Francisco.

A friend of hers wrote a nice remembrance piece about her, and included a link (within the link) to an interesting interview that she conducted with her in 2009.

"Rest in peace" just doesn't seem to be the way that Francesca will go about things if she has any say about it in the afterlife :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bruce Bennett RIP

Clarence alumni Bruce Bennett (Class '69) passed away suddenly on August 21, 2016. May he rest in peace.

(borrowed from a Facebook wall)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Goodbye California - The Poster

(decided to re-publish from November 12, 2008...the San Andreas fault is acting up again in 2016, and in perpetuity!)

Back in August 2008 I wrote about a poster I used to have called "Goodbye California" and described it a bit. I had been searching for it on the internet, as had a few other people. Then I heard from Tammy who said she still had her copy!

To refresh your memories, earthquakes have always been a big thing in California, and they can capture the imagination of the rest of us who haven't experienced them first hand. Then in 1968 or thereabouts (a tumultuous year all around) a scientist stepped up and said the next Big One could drop California into the ocean! Visions of a modern day Atlantis cropped up in the heads of many people (Donovan anyone?).

Half of the people in the Bear State wanted to move out of harm's way immediately. Another large bunch of people wanted to move to California to witness the phenomena first hand. Living on the edge, so to speak.

According to the information that Tammy was able to put together, a radio station came up with the concept of a poster detailing all of the pop culture icons that would tumble into the sea if that were to happen. They put it together using names that are distinctly associated with California.

When Tammy wrote and said she could send me a photograph of the poster, I was a little nervous. Would it be the same poster? Would it look like I remembered? Anticipation...

Then on Election Day it arrived. I had already been bouncing around waiting for the polls to close when the gmail icon opened up showing mail from Tammy. Was this it? I clicked on the attachment...

The thoughts that immediately came to mind were "That's it! That's the poster!" along with mental images of cartwheels and back flips (the only way I could pull those acrobatics off). Maybe throw in some visual effects of fireworks too!

I sat there for quite a while trying to read all the names on the poster again, bringing back the memories (click on both pix to enlarge). If you are younger they may just be so much gibberish, but for those older it brings back a different time. Notice the blimp at the top hovering over the scenario.

Nowadays they are still concerned about earthquakes in California and elsewhere. The Great Southern California Shakeout begins today, which will include the largest earthquake preparedness drill in history.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Donna Maul-Wilber RIP

Clarence alumna ('72) Donna Maul-Wilber passed away June 30, 2016. She loved Christmas and owls, but most of, she loved her family. Rest in Peace.

From the Lockport Union-Sun:

Donna M. Wilber passed away on June 30, 2016 in Niagara Hospice House. Born on June 3, 1954 in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Robert and Florence (Moore) Maul.

Donna worked for Tim Hortons Coffee & Bake Shop where she was a manager.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Wilber, Sr. of Lockport; mother of Robert (Krystal) Wilber, Jr. of Akron and Tammie Wilber of Lockport; grandmother of Anthony Zummo and Brianna Wilber; sister of Robert (Pam) Maul, John (Nancy) Maul, both of Florida and the late Thomas Maul; also several close friends, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, July 5th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6th at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist RC Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. Visit

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Russell Kent Frey RIP

Clarence alumnus ('78) Russell Kent Frey passed away suddenly May 26, 2016. He was an accomplished equestrian, and many tributes and photos are available online. Rest in peace, and condolences to the family. From the Buffalo News:

FREY - Russell Kent August 2, 1960 - May 26, 2016, beloved father of Lydia Frey; dear son of Harold and Beth (nee Honsberger); loving brother of James and Susan (nee Berry), Steven and Barbara (nee Louisos), Paul and Sharol (nee Frey) Martell, Harold Jr. "Skip" and Kimberly (nee Benny); devoted uncle to many and a loving friend.

Russell was a lifelong and successful equestrian and had just completed a successful Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Frey finished the season earning the top honors in the USHJA $50,000 International Hunter Derby aboard Nina Moore's Kodachrome.

Russell graduated from Clarence High School in Clarence, NY in 1978.

The family will be present to receive family and friends on Tuesday, May 31 from 9:30 AM-12 PM at the Clarence Church of Christ, 5375 Old Goodrich Rd., Clarence where a Memorial Service will follow at 12 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either the Clarence Church of Christ or the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. Please share condolences at

(photo by Emily Riden, Phelps Sports; article here)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kyle "Barney" Gaskill RIP

Clarence alumnus ('71) Kyle "Barney" Gaskill has passed away. He and I had gone to the same church back in the day, as well as high school. I don't recall where the nickname "Barney" came from, but he embraced it!

From the Buffalo News:

GASKILL - Kyle J. "Barney" Of Clarence, NY, May 11, 2016, beloved husband of Mary S. (nee Moore); dearest father of Michael and Kimberly (Ralphfeale) Johnson; grandfather of Jayden Johnson; son of Lucille (nee Herbst) and the late Norman Hoffmeister; brother of Laurie Rosebrock; also survived by nephews.

The family will be present on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at THE URBAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 6685 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY (south of County and North French Rds.), where prayers will be offered Monday morning at 11:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Harris Hill) at 12 noon.

Mr. Gaskill was a life member of the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company, a retiree of the Clarence Highway Dept., and a veteran of the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kevin Waldorf RIP

Clarence alumnus ('73) Kevin Waldorf has passed away. From the Buffalo News:

WALDORF - Kevin J. Suddenly on April 4, 2016, age 61. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Martin) Waldorf; loving father of Melissa A. (Todd Verdi) and Erich S. Waldorf; dear son of Melvin G. and the late Bettylou (nee Latzer) Waldorf; caring brother of Lou Ann (late Eugene) Farrell; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present on Wednesday from 7-9 PM and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main Street, Clarence. Funeral Services will be held on Friday from Zion Lutheran Church, 9535 Clarence Center, Clarence Center at 11 AM. Family and friends are asked to please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Kevin's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Share condolences at or here.