Brian Willison

Profile Updated: February 10, 2020
Residing In: Tonawanda, NY USA
Spouse/Partner: Lori (Randall) Willison
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Certified Dental Technician/Instructor
Children: Jamie - 1986
Lora - 1989
Trevor - 1993

In high school I played goalie for the Buffalo Junior Sabres. After high school I enrolled at ECC for computer science while still playing for Jr Sabres. Due to my heavy hockey travel schedule, grades were an issue.
In April 1981, I was hired at an orthodontic lab (Great Lakes Dental Technologies), which is located in Tonawanda, NY. While working there, I continued playing hockey for the Jr Sabres. In 1982, I took a 2 month leave of absence for a free agent tryout with the Buffalo Sabres. After two weeks in camp I was sent to the Rochester Amerks, then to Atlantic Coast League. After two months I returned to Great Lakes.

I continued working at Great Lakes while taking a few night classes @ ECC and in 1989 became a certified dental technician. In 1996 I became a part-time faculty member at the State of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine’s Orthodontic Department as a Laboratory Instructor. I continue to work at both Great Lakes and UB. I’m presently an Instructor/Technical Specialist at both places.

In 1985, I married a wonderful woman (Lori) who graduated from Kenmore West High school in 1980. We reside in the Town of Tonawanda. We are presently empty-nesters and expect to be investing in weddings soon (Jamie-1986, Lora–1989 & Trevor–1993). I still enjoy hockey and had been coaching for many years at many different levels (retired coaching 2019).

Whenever possible I love to hit the slopes in winter, hit the tropics near the end of winter, and enjoy the water in the summer. We have a few water toys and spend many summer weekends on our boat that is docked at the Niagara River Yatch Club.

My mother still resides in the original house I grew up in off of Sweet Home Road. On a sadder note, I lost my father and brother Doug (former Sweet Home Grad) to cancer. I dearly miss both of them...

School Story:

I wasn't much into school activities due to my heavy hockey schedule. I do remember hanging with Jim Santamauro, Dwayne Wisbey, Mark Winer, Rich Crooks, John Eagleton, Glen Pawlak, Mark Mazzone and others... Also, remember hangin with high school sweet hearts Mary Kae Lockwood and Estelle Papafagos...

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