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ALBERT C. TOMM, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER, COACH

Albert C. Tomm of Pendleton, an elementary school teacher and coach for more than 30 years, died Friday (Jan. 28, 2000) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a battle with leukemia. He was 65.

A native of the City of Tonawanda, Tomm taught math in Alexander Elementary School for more than three decades, retiring in 1992. He was instrumental in starting the computer program at the school.

Tomm coached varsity football at Alexander for more than 20 years. He was coach during the school's first undefeated season in 1964, and in 1992 he took the team to its first sectional game.

He also coached baseball and tennis at Alexander, as well as girls youth softball.

Tomm was active in the New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers, and helped negotiate the first contract in the school district's history.

A 1952 graduate of Tonawanda High School, Tomm earned a bachelor of science degree from Buffalo State College. He earned a master's degree in education from Brockport State College.

An Army veteran, he was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, the Buffalo State Bengal Club, the Lions Club and a life member of the Eldredge Bicycle Club. An avid sports fan, Tomm also loved gardening and the outdoors. He collected miniature lighthouses and enjoyed visiting East Coast lighthouses.

Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis A. Miano; a son, A. Richard of Amherst; three daughters, Karen Hughes of Clarence, Jennifer DiPasquale of Pittsford and Jule S. of Pendleton; a brother, Richard E. of Leesburg, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery.

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