David L. Block, 69, of 58 S. Main St., Eldred, passed away Thursday (July 11 2013) at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital following a lengthy illness.
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Born July 17, 1943, in Bath, N.Y., he was a son of the late Harold and Frances Cross Block. On April 6, 1990, in Allegany, N.Y., he married Marsha Gleason Block, who survives.
Mr. Block was a graduate of Hammondsport (N.Y.) Central School and SUNY at Cortland, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Brigade in Okinawa and Vietnam.
He played professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians baseball organization. He was a long-time teacher and coach for the City of Olean School District.
Mr. Block was a member of St. Bernard Church in Bradford. He was a also a member of the Smethport Country Club and Eldred Conservation Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jodie Block of Lake Helen, Fla., and Jamie Block of Farmington, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Christine Calbi of Olean and Theresa Crosby of Batavia, N.Y.; several grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold G. Block.
There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors will be accorded outside of church following Mass. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to St. Bernard Church Restoration Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from July 15 to July 21, 2013