Harry W. Brosius
He was born June 14, 1914, in Palmyra, Pa., the son of Charles A. and Bertha Strohecker Brosius.
He was a graduate of State College at Cortland and attended graduate courses at Syracuse University. He had been employed at Sherman Central School as a physical education teacher for 32 years, retiring in 1969. He coached all sports at Sherman Central School, where he started the 6-man football team, which he coached for 19 years, and later the 11-man team, which he coached for 8 years.
He became the first coach to win 100 games in Chautauqua County and was elected to the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He was past president of the New York State Football Coaches Association, past president of the Chautauqua County Athletic Committee, and a former member of the Section 6 Athletic Committee.
He served as Chautauqua County March of Dimes president for 10 years and was a committee member for 20 years. He was a member of the Sherman Community Church for more than 50 years, the Norton Raspas Post American Legion., where he served as past commander and chaplain, and the Acacia Chapter 96 Order of Eastern Star, where he served as past grand marshal of the New York State Order.
He was a member of the Olive Lodge 575 F&AM and received a 50-year pin in 1995. He was a charter member and past president of the Sherman Lions Club and worked with the American Field Service in the western New York area.
Along with his family, he was the first person in Sherman to host an American Field Service student, Dr. Erik Hansen of Denmark, from 1958 to 1959.
He is survived by a son, William Brosius of Sherman; a granddaughter Jill Langeland of Key Largo, Fla., and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret F. “Peg” Batchelder Brosius, whom he married July 2, 1941, and who died May 11, 1976; and a son, Robert Brosius, in 1945.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman. The Rev. Thomas Price, pastor of Sherman Community Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, where an Olive Lodge service will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Sherman Community Church or the Stanley Hose Company.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.