CANTON/NORWOOD -- Albert S. "Abbie" Molnar, formerly of Canton and Norwood, New York, passed away peacefully at the Antigua Care Home in Surprise, Arizona, in the early hours of October 9, 2017, just a few months shy of his 92nd birthday.
He was born on December 28, 1925, on a farm in Norwood, New York, to George F. and Hermina Stucz Molnar, and was their youngest child.
Albert graduated from Norwood High school in 1943, having played baseball, soccer, and basketball. He earned a scholarship to Middlebury College.
His education at Middlebury was interrupted by WWII, when he joined the Navy in March of 1944. He served in the Pacific for two years in the Naval Armed Guard aboard various supply ships.
After the war, he attended Cortland State Teachers' College, playing football, basketball, and soccer, and received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in June of 1949.
From 1949 to 1956, Mr. Molnar first taught elementary math and served as an Administrative Assistant in the Richfield Springs school system. Later, he taught Health and Drivers' Education at the high school level and coached varsity and JV football, basketball, and track. During this time, he obtained a Master's Degree in Education at Cortland.
From 1956 to 1957, he was a member of the faculty at Potsdam Central School, where he taught 7th and 8th grade math and science. In August of 1957, Albert Molnar was appointed Principal of Elementary Education in the Canton Central school system, at the former Grammar School.
In 1960, he obtained a second Master's Degree in Education from St. Lawrence University.
He became principal of the Frances S. Banford Elementary School when it opened in 1962. In 1963, he took the position of principal of the Jr./ Sr. High School, later the Hugh C. Williams High School, where he served until his retirement in 1981.
He was an active member of the Lions Club.
Albert and Sally Molnar moved to Arizona, where they started and ran a construction cleaning business for many years.
Albert is predeceased by his first wife, Fay Buschmann Molnar, and his brothers, George E. (Elizabeth Hall), Simon (Leonore Rutherford), Michael (Theodora Moore), and his sister, Margaret (Donald Cline/Andrew Lapinskas).
He is survived by his wife, Sally Molnar and his children, Linda (Greg Knowles), Connie (Robert Sterner), and Steven (Carole Abrams), and five grandsons: John, Mark, Kane, Daniel and Matthew.
Abbie was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading and cooking.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the “Canton Golden Bears Booster Club”, P.O. Box 243, Canton, N.Y. 13617.
Burial arrangements will be announced at a later date.