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Published: October 19, 2009 04:19 pm


Niagara Gazette

Donald E. “Don” Schopp, age 89, of the City of Tonawanda and formerly of Grand Island, passed away October 14, 2009 at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport. Born March 16, 1920, Don was the son of the late Charles Alexander, Sr. and Isabelle (nee Fraser) Schopp, and was the husband of Lois Anne Schopp, who died in 2004. Don grew up in Tonawanda and moved to Grand Island in 1953. Dr. Schopp graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1938 and Ohio State University’s School of Optometry. Don practiced Optometry as Donald E. Schopp Optometrist for over 40 years, with offices in Tonawanda and Grand Island. He also served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II. After his retirement, Don and Lois moved to Bradenton, FL, returning to the Tonawanda area after his wife’s death. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, a 37 year member of Buffalo Launch Club and a member of the Masonic Lodge. As an Optometrist, he was involved with the Lions Club of Tonawanda where he served as Past President. Don also enjoyed boating, fishing and golf.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (D. Stuart) MacLeod of Maryland and Barbara (Charles) Bell of Snyder, NY; a son, Richard (Jill) Schopp of Grand Island; five grandchildren and three step-children, Terry, Mark and Scott; and a brother, Robert C. (Gwen) Schopp of Williamsville. He was the brother of the late Charles (the late Evelina) Schopp, Jr.

There was no prior visitation. A private graveside service will be held in Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.

Arrangements by John O. Roth Funeral Home, Inc., Tonawanda, NY.

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