George Edward Molnar
of West Seneca, at the age of 93 on February 19, 2020.
Beloved Husband of the late Eileen "June" (nee Gilman) Molnar.
Loving Father of George, Jr., Susanne M., Mary Lou (Mousa) Zada, Mark D. (Tina), F. Scott (Maura) and the late Patricia Ann Molnar.
Grandfather of Michael (Blythe) Zada, Christine (Matthew) Derda and Nathan, Megan and Claire Molnar.
Great Grandfather of Fiona and Valerie Zada and Mary Derda.
Visitation Sunday 4-8 p.m. at NORMAN E. GANNON & SONS, Inc. FUNERAL HOME, 1075 Ridge Rd.; Lackawanna (824-4000). Friends are invited to join the family for The Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Rd.; Orchard Park on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MR. MOLNAR'S LIFE
Born in Scranton, PA October 23, 1926.
The youngest of seven to Hungarian immigrants.
Moved from Scranton in 1941 to Lackawanna, NY.
His passion for Golf started as a teen Caddying at South Shore Golf course
Graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1944 where he played quarterback and met his high school sweet heart Eileen June.
commissioned as an officer in the USAF FROM 1944-1945
attended Niagara University on GI Bill and graduated in 1948 with a BS in Natural Science
Married to Eileen June in 1948
Attended Millard Fillmore College at night and took Engineering courses while newly married for 2 or 3 years
Moved to West Seneca, NY in 1954 where he and June raised their family of 6 children and have lived ever since
Their oldest daughter Patricia struggled with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes her entire life until she passed from complications of this terrible disease in 1999.
Has 5 grand children and 1 great grand child
Was a Senior Owner and Executive Vice President for the John W. Cowper Construction Company for over 41 years
Helped bring Construction Management to western New York.
Constructed many high profile projects in Western New York including the tallest building in Buffalo the Marine Midland Tower, Ralph Wilson Stadium, the NFTA Rapid Transit System, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, and numerous projects at the University of Buffalo and Buffalo State Teacher’s College
Was president of the West Seneca School Board in the early 1970’s
Former member and officer with West Seneca Chamber of Commerce
Retired for the “first time” in 1989.
Joined Brierwood Country Club soon after retirement where he perfected his short game and where he and June and met two of their closest friends – Barry and Deanna Snyder
Spent many winters vacationing in Phoenix Arizona where he enjoyed golfing, meeting new people and spending time exploring the desert
Returned to work in 2002 for the Seneca Gaming Corporation as an owner’s field representative
Involved with the construction of SGC’s Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany and Seneca Buffalo Temporary casino’s and the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment’s Bingo and Gaming Hall additions in Irving and Salamanca, NY.
Retired for the “second time” in 2008
Has been a close friend of the Seneca Nation for many years
Has been an active member of the Seneca Diabetes Foundation for over 4 years helping to raise the awareness of diabetes and help raise funds to help the Seneca People afflicted diabetes and to help find a cure for this disease.
Was married to Eileen June, who battled type 2 diabetes, for 65 years until her recent passing in November 2013.
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