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Very Rev. R. Benjamin Moss, longtime WNY priest

July 20, 1926 – March 14, 2015

The Very Rev. R. Benjamin Moss, of Medina, died Saturday in the Martin-Linsin Residence at Hospice of Orleans in Albion. He was 88.

Born in Horseheads, Robert Benjamin Moss graduated from high school at age 15 and went to college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he met his wife of 64 years, the former Judith Lawrence Howard. They lived in New York City, where he attended General Theological Seminary.

He was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 1956 and led congregations in Port Leyden and Silver Creek before becoming the priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Medina in 1965. He was the priest at St. John’s for 21 years, retiring in 1986.

During his time at St. John’s, Father Moss was active in the community, becoming a charter member of the Medina Area Association of Churches, a Kiwanis Club member, a Rotarian, a Theater of Performing Arts actor and supporting member and served for many years as the Medina police chaplain. After retirement from full-time priesthood, he and his wife settled in Lockport. Father Moss remained an active member of the clergy in the Diocese of Western New York. He served in many roles in the church including interim pastor, pastoral care and supply priest duties for Episcopal churches in Buffalo, Alden and Lockport.

He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as chaplain for Camp Dittmar in Central New York, and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He moved back to Medina in 2007.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Melinda Abriss and Katherine Parker; two sons, Robert and Lawrence; a sister, Hazel Baldwin; and four grandchildren.

A memorial Eucharist will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ Episcopal Church, 7145 Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport.

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