Thought I'd pass along this email from Tom Koller, the senior associate director of athletics at Buffalo State. Koller worked for a decade as a sports writer at the Niagara Gazette and served as sports information director and assistant AD at UB. Koller has fond memories of Larry Felser, who passed away on Wednesday. Niecy is Larry's daughter.
"Good morning, scribes. I’m saddened today with the passing of Larry and felt a need to write. Let me applaud you, Mark and Jerry, on your pieces reflecting on his wonderful career. Personally, he was a mentor to this cub reporter, always taking time to answer a “rookie” question or just sharing a “pre-game meal” in the press box prior to a Bills’ home game (do they even feed you anymore?). He wrote, as Mark beautifully noted in today’s piece, “with finesse. He censored with a scalpel, never a rusty knife.” For me, coming back to cover my hometown football team, Larry was the one I looked up to, read, gushed over, learned from. You’re right, Jerry, thank God we don’t use typewriters anymore because I, for one, could never carry his. When I was the SID at UB, I was blessed to have Niecy as an intern (she later married one of our football players). Niecy never stopped talking about her dad because, well, I wouldn’t let her. She was Larry through and through – soft spoken, intelligent, and herself a great writer. I was thrilled when Larry would call the office to talk to her, always asking “how ya doin today Tommy?” Sounds corny, but what a rush I felt, hearing my idol ask me – me! – how I was doing. We lost a legend, but most importantly, we lost a gentleman.