Death of veterans museum advocate will ‘leave void’

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An American flag, blown stiff in a heavy wind, sits in front of a large cross at sunset on Veterans Day in Blendon Cemetery on Hempstead Road.

An American flag, blown stiff in a heavy wind, sits in front of a large cross at sunset on Veterans Day in Blendon Cemetery on Hempstead Road.

By Tom Weber

Tom Hosier, a driving force behind an effort to build a veterans and emergency services museum in Rochester, died Wednesday at Seasons Hospice. He was 73.

Hosier, who was also a former head football coach at Rochester Community and Technical College, was co-founder of theScott Hosier Veterans Roundtable, named for his son, who died 10 years ago.

“It’s going to leave a void,” said Mike Pruett, of MLT Group of Rochester, who worked closely with Hosier on veterans programs. Like others who knew Hosier, Preutt said he was shocked to hear of Hosier’s death, apparently of a rapidly developing degenerative brain disease. “He kept it to himself,” Pruett said.

Recently, Hosier had asked Pruett and others to step forth and run the Veterans Roundtable programs, saying he was having trouble with his vision, Pruett said.

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