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Peter W. Allen, retired school administrator

Nov. 25, 1944 – March 5, 2014

Peter William Allen, of Buffalo, a retired school administrator, died Wednesday in St. John’s Hospice House after a yearlong fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Born in Buffalo, he received his high school diploma and bachelor’s degree from the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary of New York. He earned master’s degrees from Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Allen spent most of his 32-year career in education in the Williamsville Central School District, where he was assistant principal at Williamsville North and South high schools.

Previously, he worked in the Lake Shore Central, Cheektowaga Central and Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school districts.

After retiring in 2000, he served as an interim assistant principal at Depew High School in 2001.

Mr. Allen was dedicated to youth soccer and traveled throughout the East many times as a manager and supporter of three of his children’s teams.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Sandra Kolakowski; a son, Jeremy; three daughters, Jessica Ramsay, Juliet Thomas and Margaret; his mother, Zeta; four brothers, Michael, Steve, Patrick and John; two sisters, Kristine Gazzo and Mary Lou Francoforte; and six grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1088 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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