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Robert M. Smyth, a former lay minister in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese who was involved in local theater productions and taught and served as a chaplain at the former Rosary Hill College in Snyder, died Sunday (March 22, 1998) in Genesee Hospital in Rochester after a long illness.

Smyth, 61, a native of Niagara Falls, was a retired high school teacher. His last teaching position was at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester. He was a graduate of the former Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo. He attended Niagara University and graduated in 1959 with degrees in English and theater arts from St. Bonaventure University, Olean.

As a lay minister, Smyth had taught and served the spiritual needs of students of what is now Daeman College. After he moved to Rochester, he taught at Cardinal Mooney High School before moving on to Our Lady of Mercy.

He was an actor and was featured in local productions in the Buffalo area. Surviving are his wife, the former Louise Vella; a daughter, Danielle V.; two sons, Micah M. and Jeff, all of Rochester; and a sister, Betty Mead of Palm Springs, Calif.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Ambrose church, Empire Boulevard and Culvert Road, Rochester.

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