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The Rev. John Richard Whiteford, 76, of North Maple Street, a retired Episcopalian priest and former pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw and Trinity Episcopal Church in Lancaster, died Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) in Wyoming County Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Whiteford was born in Kansas City, Mo. He was a graduate of South Park High School in Buffalo, Alfred University, the Berkley Divinity School at Yale University, and received a master's degree from Canisius College.

Mr. Whiteford was pastor of Trinity Episcopal in Warsaw from 1953 to 1965. For several of these years, he was also pastor of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, Perry. From 1965 until his retirement in 1988, he was pastor of Trinity Episcopal in Lancaster.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

While in Warsaw, Mr. Whiteford was instrumental in the creation of the Mental Health Unit in Wyoming County Community Hospital and was active in the Migrant Workers Ministry. He also volunteered as an athletic coach at Warsaw Central School and served as a chaplain for area Alcoholics Anonymous groups.

In Lancaster, he was active in the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, was a member of the Lancaster Youth Board and was instrumental in creating the Lancaster Youth Center.

He was a member of the New York State Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Buffalo Interracial Task Force, the Western New York Episcopal Diocese Commission on Racism. Mr. Whiteford participated in the Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965.

His first wife, the former Jean C. Haskell, died in 1984.

Surviving are his wife, the former Cecily Selch Yount, whom he married in 1987; two sons, Christopher of Varysburg and John R. Jr. of Lancaster; two daughters, Rebecca Arcese of Lancaster and Rachel of Durham, N.C.; five stepsons, Mark Yount of Varysburg, Sheldon Yount of Lockport, Andrew Yount of Buffalo, Carl Yount of East Aurora, Michael Yount of Grand Island; one stepdaughter, Sylvia Yount of Lancaster; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 5448 Broadway, Lancaster. He will be entombed in the columbarium of the church.

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