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William J. Klein

October 27, 1935 ~ August 13, 2020

William J Klein,Sr, recently of Fort Pierce FL,  formerly of Buffalo NY, passed away of cancer quietly in his home on Aug 13, 2020. Born October 27, 1935 to Annabelle and Maurice Klein, he grew up on Winston Ave, North Buffalo with a full house of siblings: Marsha, (deceased) Richard (deceased), Bobbie (Klein) Holland, twin sister Peggy, Jimmy (deceased) and Ed (deceased).


As a boy, he collected scrap metal for the war efforts. MacArthur and Eisenhower were his heroes. He attended School 66, Bennet High School, and University of Buffalo achieving a master’s in education. From 1958-60, he served in the US Army launching Hercules missiles.  He never worked a day in his life, rather he had the joy of teaching physical education as ‘Coach Klein’ to two generations of Southside Buffalo School students.


Over his life, he had many affiliations, most notably: Port Colborne Golf and Country Club, Scottish Rite chanter, School Master’s bowling league, Kenmore Presbyterian Church, and 25 years entertaining with the Amherst Glee Club. Many share fond memories of his antics in the annual Red Blazers Shows.


He was married to Janet (McKinnon) Klein (deceased) for 29 years raising their three children: Patricia Ann (Klein) Misztal of Wainfleet, ON. Barbara Lynn (Klein) Morris of Wenona, IL, and William J Klein. Jr of Geneva, FL He was married to Penelope J (Feinen) Klein for the past 31 years, helping to raise his adopted sons: Jeffery S and Jaime A Venning. He is survived by six grandchildren and 18 grand nieces and nephews. A family memorial will be held at his beloved Long Beach. To know him was to love him. Rest in peace and joy, our cherished Bill.


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Mark J. Walter

August 14, 2020, 2:41 pm

Bill was aa good friend. For years I sang with Bill in the Amherst Male Glee Club (now the Red Blazer Men’s Chorus). Blessed with a beautiful Second Tenor voice, he was also a consummate comedian, participating in many Red Blazer Varieties skits. He was probably best remembered as The Little Old Lady on the Bench, reprising the Ruth Buzzi role of Laugh In fame.

My best to his family. He will be missed.

Robert A Johnson

August 14, 2020, 3:08 pm

My very dear friend. There are too many great memories that you have left me with, it would take writing a book. I will miss you always. Rest in peace my friend .

Kevin Kumpf

August 14, 2020, 6:46 pm

My family spent many summers renting a cottage at long beach near Bill and Marsha. My mother Carol, was lifelong friends with Marsha and Bill and we would spend time visiting with them while there, as well as back home here in Buffalo. I remember one of those summers my father “offering” his sons services to dig a basement under one of the cottages there and Bill and my father “supervised” while we labored away. I attended the funeral / service for Marsha, but know due to covid, the same honor cannot be done for Bill right now.

Please accept my families deepest condolences during this most difficult time.

Keith Knoph

August 14, 2020, 8:39 pm

Bill was one of a kind ,a good friend and an even better person. I taught with Bill and he made every day enjoyable, you never knew what he had planned he kept you on your toes. He always made you laugh. He will be missed.
My best to his family.

Joyce Gugino

August 15, 2020, 5:38 pm

Penny I share and understand your pain. Bill was a wonderful, well respected and much loved man. He will be missed by so many. Sorry for your loss. Joyce and Tony says, “Me, too!”

Paul & Linda Steinig

August 15, 2020, 5:48 pm

It has been a beautiful blessing to know & love Billy.
Our families spent many wonderful summers together at Long Beach
enjoying the lake, fishing & good times laughing at the stories & jokes
told by Bill.
He will be missed by many & we will always treasure his memory. Our
love to his entire family.

Nancy Gyetko

August 15, 2020, 8:43 pm

Bill was a kind, loving friend who always had a smile & a joke. We have many wonderful memories of our time spent at the cottage in Long Beach as well as at Port Colborne Golf & Country Club. He will be missed. Our condolences to Penny, Patty, Barb & Bill Jr. and their families. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time.
Sig & Nancy Gyetko

Penelope J Klein

August 16, 2020, 3:31 pm

Thank you for your kind word and shared memories. They give me comfort and honor Bill.
You were good friends.

Tom Galluccio

August 16, 2020, 3:49 pm

It was always a fun time when Bill and the rest of the Southside “boys” got together to socialize. He was extremely witty and contributed to making our “Benevolent Society” meetings quite enjoyable. Our annual summer golf outing at his Canadian cottage never disappointed the guests and participants.
One of the most respected members of our faculty, he will not be forgotten.
Bill Klein, rest in peace my friend.

Judy Lasseter Palumbo

August 16, 2020, 4:25 pm

Am sending special prayers for you & family, Penny, as you grieve the loss of your husband & best friend. Though I haven’t known you & Billy very long, the loving relationship you two shared was so evident & so precious. When I think of Billy, I always have to smile or get tickled in some way at something funny he had said or merely at his natural comedic nature. He truly had a magnetic personality which allowed him to never meet a stranger.
His faith was uplifting to me & I cherish the privilege we shared in praying together.
He touched so many lives and we all will miss him terribly!
Stay strong sweet Penny & continue to embrace each moment of life we are honored with. God bless you & your family always!
Judy & David Palumbo

Tracey Homberger

August 16, 2020, 4:54 pm

It was always a great day when Patti said that Mr. Klein was coming to school to take her to lunch. I remember his smile and spunk when he walked into our classroom at South!! I’ll never forget that smile and how much Patti lit up when she saw her dad. That’s how I will remember him! Love to all…Patti, Jen, Mike and family!

Lou Giampaola

August 18, 2020, 12:30 am

Dear Penny and family: Our condolences go out to you and your family on Bill’s Passing. I was on the School Masters bowling team with him. He was a gifted individual and will always be remembered. Lou & Liz Giampaola

Tom Mitchell

August 18, 2020, 1:29 am

Bill will be missed by all of his friends in the School Masters Bowling league. Even when he wasn’t able to bowl he would hang out and talk with all of his friends at bowling. I can’t remember Bill ever complaining about any of his medical problems but he would always ask how others where doing. Many times at Bowling he would have a simple but funny joke to tell which made us all laugh. What a great man who touched so many lives over the years.


August 18, 2020, 4:59 pm

Patty and Penny and family, We were so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Our love and condolences to you all. The beach won’t be the same without his silliness and stories. Cheryl and Dan Eberl

David and Sandy Barton

August 19, 2020, 3:17 pm

We wanted to express my prayers for the family. Bill was a good friend from Kenmore Presbyterian over many years. We wish to send my deepest condolences to Bill’s family and know that the Kenmore Presbyterian Church congregation will miss his smiling face on Sunday mornings in worship and it the coffee hour.

Betty Wactawski

August 20, 2020, 6:45 pm

I am so sorry about Billy. I’m going to miss him at the beach. He was a super guy!

Joanne S

August 24, 2020, 4:03 am

Dear Penny,
I am very sorry to hear of Bills passing. We only had sat in conversation 3 or 4 times but I found him a most pleasant fella, truly enjoying his company. I really looked forward to seeing him again this summer…in the neighborhood. My condolences to the family.
Take good care, Penny, I’ll be thinking of you.
Your Neighbor,
Joanne Stahlman

nancy moxon

September 16, 2020, 6:20 pm

Our condolences go out to you and your family.
Bill was a very special man who made everyone he met feeling special too. He was a great tai chi teacher and friend. I will always remember all the laughs we shared and the memories made on the cruise we all took to Alaska.
Take good care.
Nancy and Jim Moxon

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