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M. Bernard Cawley, retired Ken-Ton principal

July 27, 1932 – Jan. 22, 2015

M. Bernard Cawley of the Town of Tonawanda, an administrator in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 82.

He was born in Olean and raised in Eldred, Pa.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where he was senior class vice president and captain of the baseball team.

He earned a master’s degree in administration from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo. He served in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer aboard the USS Ticonderoga.

Mr. Cawley worked in the Ken-Ton district for 37 years, serving as principal of Hoover Elementary School and then Franklin Elementary School, retiring in 1995.

During his tenure, both schools were named New York State Schools of Excellence.

He was past president of the Kenmore Administrators Association and a member of the School Administrators Association of New York State.

For many years, he was an avid golfer with Brighton Golf Club and Twilight Golf League and bowled in the School Masters Bowling League.

He was a charter member of the Eldred Knights of Columbus and a parishioner and money counter at St. Edmund’s Parish for many years. In more recent years, he was a member of St. Amelia’s Parish.

Mr. Cawley is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Carol Ebert; two daughters Christine and Jennifer; a sister, Mary Alice Lyons; and two granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Amelia’s Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.