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Gerald G. Porter, administrator at School for the Deaf Dec. 14, 1943 -- March 28, 2007

A memorial Mass for Gerald G. Porter, former director of pupil personnel services at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Porter died unexpectedly March 28 in his home in Bradenton, Fla., where he lived since 2001. He was 63.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1961 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in social studies and deaf education from Canisius College.

His interest in working with the deaf began while he was an undergraduate at Canisius and took a part-time job in the dormitories at St. Mary's School. He taught at the school for five years, then became director of medical and social services, then director of pupil personnel services. He retired in 2001.

Involved in several organizations for educators of the deaf, he was former vice president, secretary and executive board member of the New York State Association of Educators of the Deaf.

A former Amherst resident who lived in Silver Creek from 1970 to 1978, Mr. Porter was active in his church community in Florida.

He and his wife, the former Mary Espersen, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 15.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Marc E. and Alex J.; a daughter, Eliza P. Franz; a brother, George; and a sister, Joan Dudek.


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