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Patricia Burd McCone, educator, Lockport Chorale director July 13, 1949 -- June 21, 2007

Patricia Burd McCone of Clarence Center, director of the Lockport Chorale and a longtime educator, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She was 57.

Born in Springfield, Ill., Mrs. McCone graduated from Springfield High School in 1967 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 from Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J. She also studied music at Villanova University and Oberlin College.

For the past six years, Mrs. McCone served as director of the Lockport Chorale, which performed concerts twice a year in the community. She also was the founder and director of the Lockport Community Children's Chorus. Mrs. McCone taught music in kindergarten through fifth grades at Roy B. Kelly and Dewitt Clinton elementary schools in the Lockport School District. She also taught at St. John the Baptist School in the Town of Tonawanda and taught English in Cherry Hill, N.J., from 1973 to 1976.

Mrs. McCone was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarence and was a soloist in the church choir.

During Operation Desert Storm, Mrs. McCone served as ombudsman for the Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301, which provided waterside security in Saudi Arabia, where her husband, Scott W., was a commanding officer.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 36 years, include two daughters, Heather W. and Megan E., and a son, Jonathon R.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church of Clarence, 9675 Main St.


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