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Charles J. McAuliffe, retired English teacher

Jan. 21, 1932 – Dec. 17, 2016

Charles J. McAuliffe, of Amherst, a retired English teacher in the Buffalo schools, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Canisius College.

He served in the Army in France and Germany during the Korean War.

Charles J. McAuliffe

Mr. McAuliffe spent much of his 32-year teaching career at Kensington High School. He also taught at the Bennett High School evening program and Buffalo Alternative School and enjoyed instilling a love of literature among his students. He retired in 1991.

A member of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, he was jailed for a day during the teacher strike in 1976. He also was a past president of the Kensington Kiwanis Club, where he was dedicated to charitable work to benefit local youngsters.

An enthusiast for all things Irish, he enjoyed Irish poetry, music and culture and visited Ireland numerous times.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Arnold, Sheila LaDuca and Ellen Varela; a son, Christopher; a close friend, Jean Knopinski; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

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