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Christopher C. ‘Kip’ Feinen, principal of Hewes Educational Center in Ashville

Nov. 12, 1955 – March 31, 2016

Christopher C. “Kip” Feinen, of Ashville, principal of Hewes Educational Center, Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services, in Ashville, died unexpectedly March 31 in WCA Hospital, Jamestown. He was 60.

Born in Buffalo, the son of United Press International’s Buffalo bureau chief, Edward Feinen, he was a 1973 graduate of Kenmore West High School, where he played on the football team. He earned a degree in metallurgical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Feinen was a dive master and, after college, worked underwater on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Feinen then worked for natural gas companies in Canada and did underwater work on a marina for lake freighters in Port Colborne, Ont.

He then established a company that certified the condition of bridges for New York State, but decided to change careers after he became apprehensive about the dangers of continuing to work underwater.

Mr. Feinen attended Buffalo State College and earned his certification as a vocational teacher.

He taught welding and fabrication at the BOCES Career and Technical Center in Ellicottville for nine years and then became tech prep coordinator at the BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia.

In 2005, he became principal of Hewes Educational Center, where he advocated for the integration of academic studies in the vocational programs so that students could earn their Regents credits in the same school where they learn a trade. His students won numerous statewide technical competitions.

Survivors include a daughter, Jordan M.; and four sisters, E. Kendra Ward, Dr. Penelope Klein, Deborah Harsch, and Kimberly.

Services will be private.

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