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Joseph P. Feeley, retired Latin teacher, coached high school basketball and golf

March 18, 1933 – May 21, 2015

Joseph P. Feeley, of West Seneca, a retired high school teacher and coach, died Thursday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Teresa’s Elementary School and was a 1950 graduate of Holy Angels Collegiate Academy, where he played varsity golf and basketball.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and his master’s degree in education from Canisius College.

A Latin teacher, Mr. Feeley began his career in the Buffalo schools and joined the faculty in the West Seneca schools in 1959. Selected as West Seneca’s Teacher of the Year in 1973, he retired in 1989.

He also coached high school basketball and golf. During his 30-year tenure, his golf teams won 13 Division I titles and placed 26 players on the Division I All-Star Team. He was inducted onto the West Seneca Sports Wall of Fame in 2004.

An outstanding golfer in his own right, he was a member of the team that won the 1950 All-Catholic High School Golf Tournament. He won the annual Little Three Golf Tournament among Niagara University, Canisius College and St. Bonaventure four times.

He won the All Muny Golf Championship in 1963 by shooting a course record 68. He also set a course record of 67 at Whirlpool Golf Course in Niagara Falls, Ont., a mark that later was matched by U.S. Open champion Julius Boros.

He won the New York State Teachers Tournament in 1962, 1963 and 1964 and won tournaments at Springville Country Club and Cazenovia Golf Course two years in a row in the late 1960s.

He was inducted into the Bishop Fallon High School/Holy Angels Collegiate Academy Hall of Fame in 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Anne Crumlish; two sons, Joseph Jr. and Thomas; two daughters, Anne Starzynski and Denise King; a brother, Francis; and 13 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. this Wednesday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.

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