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Bishop Henry J. Mansell will celebrate a memorial Mass for the Rev. Richard J. Gimbrone, 73, who was a laboratory technician and instructor for the Erie County Health Department before he was ordained a priest in 1985, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.

Father Gimbrone died Oct. 6, 2001, in his Buffalo residence after a brief illness.

He was born in Buffalo and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Canisius College.

After working for many years for the county government, he told relatives he had decided to become a priest. He attended Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass., where he received a master of divinity degree in theology in 1985.

He was ordained by Bishop Edward D. Head on Nov. 24, 1985, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Kenmore, where he had been a member for 20 years. On Dec. 9 of that year, he became chaplain at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He retired Jan. 1, 1992.

After his retirement, he heard confessions at several Catholic churches when needed and was on call for other pastoral duties. He enjoyed reading and watching television.

Survivors include two brothers, George L. of Colorado and John P. of Kenmore, and his stepmother, Julia E. of Buffalo.


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