Weekly Feature

2018-02-07 / Obituaries

Terry Ransbury, Clarence football coach

Terry Ransbury, 89, of Amherst, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Mr. Ransbury was born on Sept. 2, 1928, in Dunkirk. He graduated from Silver Creek High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.

He enrolled at Brockport State Teachers College, where he lettered in football, basketball and track and was a member of the leaders and officials club.

Mr. Ransbury earned a bachelor’s degree from Brockport in health and physical education in 1951. He then went to Indiana University where he completed a master’s degree in health and safety education in 1952.

He also served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division, attaining the rank of first lieutenant.

After a year of teaching elementary school physical education in Rochester, he returned to Silver Creek as the assistant football coach in 1956, then became head coach of the football and basketball teams the following year. In 1961, the football team went undefeated for the first time in school history. He also coached football at Clarence High School, where he led the 1968 team to an undefeated record.

He was inducted into the SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Silver Creek High School Black Knights Hall of Fame in 2014. He also received the University at Buffalo’s Dick Offenhamer Award in 1988.

Mr. Ransbury is survived by three children, Terry Jr., Martin and Robin Gray; one sibling, David; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Judith Marie (nee Reimann).

A celebration of his life will be held in the Buffalo area in the spring.

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