James Edward Hennessy of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Canisius High School and Frontier Central High School teacher, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 64.
Mr. Hennessy was born in Buffalo and attended St. Paul's School in Kenmore before graduating from Canisius High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Canisius College.
Mr. Hennessy taught German and Latin at Canisius High School for nearly 30 years, coaching track and cross country teams and assisting the school's "Gambit" fund-raiser.
He later moved to Frontier, where he taught for another 14 years before retiring in 2002. After his retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.
Mr. Hennessy traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting Russia, China, Germany and the Czech Republic. He often used his travels as part of his lesson plans.
Survivors include two brothers, John D. and Michael G., both of the Town of Tonawanda.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2929 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9:45 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.