Rosario S. "Ross" Nola, a retired guidance counselor and auto technology teacher, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific during World War II and the Occupation of Japan. He was awarded four Bronze Stars, the New York State Medal of Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
After the war, he received his bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State College in 1950 and his master's degree there in 1966.
Mr. Nola began his career as a teacher at Burgard, teaching auto shop to high school students for 16 years. At night, he taught adult education classes in auto technology and driver's education at Burgard for four years, then taught for six years in the Ford Motor District Service School and was a vocational and technical instructor for five years at Buffalo State College.
In 1969, he went to Canisius College, where he earned his certification in guidance counseling. He went on to serve as the chairman of the Bennett High School guidance department for the next 16 years.
Mr. Nola was honored with several teaching awards, including the New York State Vocational Alumni Award for Outstanding Service and the Vocational Technical Guild of Buffalo Vocational Service Award.
He was a member of Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Amherst Post 49, AMVETS. He as a charter member of the National World War II Memorial Society.
He was a third-degree member of Council 3076, Knights of Columbus, and a fourth-degree member of Assembly 720, Knights of Columbus. A member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, he served as an usher.
A member of the Amherst Senior Center and the Audubon Men's Golf Club, he was an avid golfer and gardener.
Survivors include his wife, the former Estelle "Sue" Paciejewski; a brother, Vincent; and two sisters, Gloria Bevilacqua and Marion Fechter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.