Friday, July 18, 2014


We are sorry to report that John Schnabel, the man who was at the controls of the July 5th plane crash at the Royalton airport, passed away on Wednesday from internal injuries sustained in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

His obituary:

Schnabel, John Arthur; March 11, 1936-July 16, 2014; beloved husband of Karole (nee Piper) Schnabel; loving father to John (Birthe), Jeffrey (Jaime), James (Bodil), Kay Marie (Richard) Kassel and Jack (Kim) Schnabel; cherished grandfather of John, Jr., Christopher, Sarah, Adam, Michael, Mary, Maxwell, Evelyn, Caroline, William, Thomas, Joseph and Alex; son of the late John and Casimera Schnabel.

John was a 1954 Graduate of Lafayette High School, 1958 Graduate of Buffalo State College, longtime member of the West Side Rowing Club, he served for 39 years in the U.S. Military which included 4 years U.S. Navy Reserve, 13 years U.S. Marine Corps, 22 years U.S. National Guard and had 30 years service at American Airlines as a captain.

The family will be present Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:15 AM and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM from St. Pius X Church.

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