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Maynard "Magilla" Schaus passed away in his sleep last night. Surfer, author, firefighter. I'll cherish the time that we spent together. Miss you brother.
SUNDAY PROFILE / Magilla Maynard Cornelius Schaus
August 14, 1989
HANDCUFFED SWIMMER. A man failed in his try to swim handcuffed across part of Lake Erie on Sunday in a symbolic fund-raiser for China's pro-democracy movement. He had to stop when a support boat sank. ''We weren't doing bad; we're just disappointed we didn't finish,'' said Maynard ''Magilla'' Schaus, 38, who was trying to swim 10 miles from Crystal Beach, Ontario, to the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo. Two swimmers from the Erie, Pa., area had better luck than Schaus. Bob North, 35, and Harvey Snell, 38, came ashore in North East, Pa., on Sunday morning after a 26 to 30-mile swim that began the previous evening at Long Point, Canada.
Sept. 20, 1951—Nov. 10, 2009
Magilla M. C. Schaus, a Buffalo man who swam across Lake Erie to raise awareness about the 1989 tragedy in Tiananmen Square, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. He was 58.
Mr. Schaus was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School. While there, he was on the swim team for four years and won the All-High Relay. He was a lifelong Buffalo resident.
Mr. Schaus served for four years in the U. S. Navy on the USS Forrestal. He was a 20-year veteran Buffalo firefighter and served in many firehouses throughout the city.
An actor, producer and film buff, Mr. Schaus wrote and produced films and plays, including roles in “Shadow Creature” and “Hide in Plain Sight,” filmed in Buffalo.
He was a community activist and block club president, was a legendary Great Lakes surfer and was the president of the Wyldewood Surf Club, where he was a member since age 16.
Family members said Mr. Schaus surfed the Great Lakes and numerous oceans in his life. His passion for surfing was highlighted in a 2005 article in The New York Times.
He organized and competed in surfing contests and beach cleanup events throughout the Great Lakes.
Mr. Schaus is survived by his wife, the former Christine Lovett; a stepdaughter, Jessica; a stepson, Jonathan; four sisters, Sally Sullivan, Margaret Stegner, Elizabeth Prusich and Molly Rebisz; and three brothers, Kevin, Steven and Joseph.
Charles "John" Pratt Moseley: John was intense: his eyes, the creases of his grin, impatience barely contained; it was a struggle for him to remain earthbound. His personal dynamics turned the tables on us who were younger than he, rattled by so much irrepressibility. Some were rattled by his choice to be openly gay. His energy -however nervous or unnerving- was less off-putting than it was contagious and inclusive. ...Until January of '73. John as editor, despite objection from staff, insisted on dedicating a full page to - In Memory of Michael - an op-ed piece far too personal, far too detached and inexplicably sanctimonious.
John was a great storyteller. His southern heritage likely had a hand in that quality. His tales hinted at aborted and disconnected aspects of his past: step-relatives, a custodial grandmother, a father he never knew, a halted calling to the Greek Orthodox priesthood... Try as I might I can't expand on his life beyond our college days, the farmhouse on South Street Road; I can't connect him to Fort Worth, Texas, where he died on November 29, 1994.
Charles P. Moseley was born in Cumberland County North Carolina on Sept. 8, 1950. The record shows only his father's name. Nard Long Moseley, born Aug 23, 1925 in Mississippi, joined the Army at age 18 as WW II played out in Europe and the Pacific. A mere ten months following Charles birth, First Lieutenant Nard Moseley was buried in Arlington Cemetery.
How Charles became known as "John," how he ended up in LeRoy, New York, what transpired after GCC- the circumstances in Ft. Worth, Texas are not forthcoming.
...And perhaps that's not as important as remembering our gathering at his
grandmother's home to dine on spaghetti and listen to Gregorian chanting.
James P. Murphy
HOLLY, MICHIGAN- James P. Murphy, age 58 of Holly died Mon. April 23, 2007. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wed. April 25, 2007 at St. Rita Catholic Church of Holly, with Father David Blazek, celebrant. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 PM Fri. April 27, 2007 at the V.A. Center Chapel, Bath NY with military honors, and burial at 1:00 PM in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath N.Y. Mr. Murphy was born in Bath, N.Y. on April 23, 1949 the son of James and Patricia (McDonough) Murphy. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was the former Manager of the Village of Holly as well as for several other cities. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. Surviving are 4 children, Christine (Jason) Schneider of NY, Margaret Murphy of PA, Mary (Josh Lemon) Murphy of Holly, and James Murphy of Holly; 2 grandchildren, Alexxis and Emily; parents James and Patricia Murphy of Bath, NY; brothers and sisters Stephen, Robert, William, Thomas, Kevin. Colleen, Mary, and Timothy; and his former wife Hope. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the family.