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Philip G. Kearney, co-owner Kelly Business School; July 16, 1943 -- April 4, 2012

Philip G. Kearney of North Tonawanda, co-owner of the Kelly Business School and former longtime business professor at Niagara County Community College, died April 4 in DeGraff Memorial Hospital. He was 68.

Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Kearney graduated from LaSalle High School in 1961.

He went on to become a professor, former chairman of business, coordinator and adviser of business administration at NCCC for more than 20 years and was part owner of the College of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., and of the Buffalo-based Kelly school.

Family members said Mr. Kearney "taught with passion, humor and love" and was "student-centered and committed to each and every one of their successes."

He was remembered for his "dry Irish wit," relaxed personality and "positive attitude."

Mr. Kearney most enjoyed spending time at his house on Lime Lake with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Joy; three daughters, Janice, Karen West and Kathleen Dill; two sons, Kevin and Brian; a stepdaughter, Bridget Miller; a stepson, John Peffer; and two brothers, Thomas and Robert.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Salvation Army, 46 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

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