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Anthony Fricano, Starpoint school principal, WWII veteran Aug. 27, 1923 -- Oct. 16, 2008

LOCKPORT -- Anthony Fricano, a World War II veteran who retired as principal of Starpoint Central Elementary School, died Thursday in his Lockport home while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 85.

Mr. Fricano was born in Batavia and was a 1941 graduate of Batavia High School. An Army veteran of World War II, he participated in the invasions of North Africa and Italy. After the war, he studied education, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Brockport State College.

He began his teaching career at Buffalo State Teachers College and was the elementary supervisor of the Booneville Remsen School District before becoming principal at Starpoint Central Elementary School, a position he held for 21 years until he retired. Upon his retirement, the school building was renamed in his honor.

Mr. Fricano was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and B. Leo Dolan Post 410, American Legion, and had served as president of the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Company. He was a life member of the PTA and New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Mr. Fricano is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Rogers; two daughters, Karen A. and State Supreme Court Justice Amy J.; a son, David A.; and a brother, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport, after prayers at 9:30 in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport.


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