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Thomas W. O’Shea, retired Lockport principal

Oct. 4, 1938 – March 23, 2014

LOCKPORT – Thomas William O’Shea, a retired city school principal, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice House. He was 75.

Born in Binghamton, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1968, both from Fredonia State College. In 1969, he received his New York State Administrative Certificate.

He began his teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher for the Owego-Apalachin School District in Owego from 1963 to 1972. He later became an elementary school principal in the Northern Tioga School District in Elkland, Pa., from 1972 to 1975 and Lockport City School District in 1975, retiring in 1999.

Mr. O’Shea was commissioner and past president for the Lockport City Fire Board.

He was on the board of directors and past president of the Lockport Kiwanis Club, earning the Kiwanian of the Year award in 2005.

He was on the board of directors for the Orleans-Niagara-Erie Counties Challenger Learning Center from 2006 to present.

Active also in the political arena, he served on the Niagara County Board of Ethics from 2005 to present; as the Lockport civil service commissioner from 2000 to 2004; member of the Democratic Committee for the City of Lockport from 1988 to 2011; and an elections inspector from 2008 to present.

He was vice president of the Eastern Niagara County Retired Teachers Association and served on the board of directors for Legislative Liaison for the New York State Retired Teachers Association/Western Zone from 2001 until present.

He was past president of the Lockport School Administrators Association.

Mr. O’Shea was a member and usher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. A Notre Dame sports fan, he also enjoyed golfing and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Barbara Frankiewicz; a son, Kevin; a daughter, Susan Powers; a sister, Carol O’Shea-Haber; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St.

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