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Robert L. Figueroa, school principal July 29, 1961 -- Sept. 25, 2005

Robert L. Figueroa, who was principal of several parochial schools, died Sunday in a Camden, N.J., hospital after a brief illness. He was 44.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Cardinal

O'Hara High School and received degrees in education from Medaille College and Plattsburgh State College.

He began his career in 1984 as a sixth-grade teacher at Mount St. Joseph Academy. He was principal of Our Lady of Pompeii School from 1988 to 1995 and Infant of Prague School from 1995 to 2001, when he was named principal of Mount St. Joseph Academy.

Mr. Figueroa moved in June to New Jersey, where he was principal of Holy Name School.

He received several awards and honors, including Outstanding Religious Educator of the Year and the For God and Youth Award.

Survivors include his parents, Luciano and Leonarda of Buffalo, and a brother, Anthony of Wheatfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave., after prayers at 10:15 in Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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