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JUNE 1, 1932 -- APRIL 13, 2005

Raymond C. Ricalton, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., a retired Buffalo teacher, died Wednesday in St. Lucie Medical Center after a battle with leukemia. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Burgard High. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Buffalo State Teachers College.

He served in the Army and was discharged in 1958.

Mr. Ricalton taught various subjects including industrial arts and was the project administrator for the Title I program in Buffalo schools.

He taught at several schools, including a lengthy tenure at Genesee/Humboldt Junior High School. He also taught technology at the Arts Academy magnet school.

He retired in 1991 after 35 years with the district.

He moved to Florida from Hamburg nine years ago.

He had coached hockey and football in Hamburg and was an usher captain for the Buffalo Bills for more than 20 years. He also was an assistant director of a YMCA summer camp in Gainesville.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Grace B. Betz; a son, Rick C. of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Gracia Szczech of Powder Springs, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Port St. Lucie.


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