ELDRED, Pa. - David L. Block, 69, of 58 S. Main St., passed away Thursday (July 11, 2013) at Olean 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.
He was a graduate of Hammondsport (N.Y.) Central School and SUNY Cortland, and served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Okinawa, Japan, and Vietnam.
Mr. Block played professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians baseball organization. He was a long time teacher and coach for the Olean (N.Y.) City School District.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church in Bradford. He was a also a member of the Smethport Country Club and the 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 step-daughters, Christine Calbi of Olean, and Theresa Crosby of Batavia, N.Y.; several grandchildren; and a 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 (July 16, 2013) 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, may be made to the 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 Olean Times Herald on July 15, 2013