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THOMAS A. KOWAL, WILLIAMSVILLE EDUCATOR
SEPT. 12, 1928 -- DEC. 23, 2004

Thomas A. Kowal of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Williamsville educator and son of a former Buffalo mayor, died last Thursday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. He was 76.

A lifelong Republican, he was the son of Chester Kowal, who was the last Republican mayor of Buffalo from 1961 to 1966. His sister, Eleanor Griffin, is the wife of Thomas Griffin, former parks commissioner and brother of James D. Griffin, the Council member and former mayor.

Mr. Kowal was with the Williamsville Central Schools for 35 years and retired 10 years ago. He started as a social studies teacher, moved on to become an assistant principal and finally was the assistant to the school superintendent.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from East High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Canisius College. He served with the New York National Guard during the 1950s.

Mr. Kowal was a member of St. Amelia's Catholic Church here and Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla., where he wintered.

He also was a member of the Polish Arts Society and the Williamsville Retired Teachers Association and was an officer of the Williamsville Credit Union.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Dorothy Kowalkowski, and his sister, Eleanor Griffin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at today in St. Amelia's Church, Town of Tonawanda. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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