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October 6, 2012

TUCKER: Good news in Tonawanda

(Continued)

It was an eye-opener, for sure.

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Father Roman, OFM Conv., principal of Cardinal O’Hara High School from 1976 to ‘79, died this past week in Massachusetts. His years at O’Hara were not easy for it was at that time that the diocese decided to close some of its high schools. O’Hara was never in danger because of its wonderful auditorium, large double gym, sports facility and an extraordinary arts and music program. The problem faced by Father Roman was going to the high schools that were going to be closed and talk to the students and parents who were understandable upset and angry and who now had to choose a new school. He was described by his Franciscan provincial in the obituary as “a priest’s priest” — and so he was.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email barbara.tucker@tonawanda-news.com

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