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Duane Runyon
Social Studies

 

May 2010: Do any of you remember Duane Runyon, our Social Studies Teacher in Junior High? I found him through an old employer and was quite excited to contact him again only to discover that he died about 5 years ago from complications of surgery. He lived in Largo, Florida at the time. Some of you may recall that he left teaching and went into banking a couple of years after he was our teacher. He was 82

Paul Fenwick

Mr. Fenwick (our history teacher) passed away recently. Here is his obituary:
FENWICK, Paul M. 80, of Largo, passed away Feb. 1, 2010. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and was the High School Principal at Tonawanda High School, Tonawanda, NY for many years. Paul was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater and served in the US Army during WWII and graduated from Westminster College in PA and received his Master's degree from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. He was an avid private pilot and played the bass for several bands. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mona Frank Fenwick (formally of Clearfield, PA); a son, David; daughter, Karen Killough; a brother, Carl; 2 sisters, Marilynn Day, Mildred Nietmann and 4 grandchildren.
Many of you may remember his wife, Mona, she was our substitute music teacher.

Robert & Gladys Lloyd Robert and Gladys Lloyd of North Tonawanda, centenarians who 'always did things together'
May 18, 1906-Oct. 10, 2009.....Nov. 30, 1904-Oct. 11, 2009


Robert and Gladys Lloyd were married for 74 years, and during that time, the North Tonawanda couple were never far apart.
"They just always did things together," said their daughter, Martha Kirk. "If my father went, my mother went with him."
That would be true to the very end.
Mr. Lloyd, a retired high school teacher, died Oct. 10 in Elder Wood Health Care at Crestwood in Wheatfield at the age of 103.
Mrs. Lloyd, a former teacher herself, died the next day in the same nursing home. She was 104. "It's amazing," Kirk said. Mr. Lloyd was born and raised in Buffalo. A graduate of Technical High School, he attended the University of Buffalo and then the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1929.
She was born Gladys Hepworth in North Tonawanda, where she went to the high school. She earned a bachelor's degree at Buffalo Normal School, now Buffalo State College, and a master's at Columbia University.
The two were married July 15, 1935, at her sister's house in Port Chester.
He taught history and business at Tonawanda High School, retiring in 1966. She was a home economics teacher for many years, mostly at North Tonawanda High School.
The couple lived on Falconer Street in North Tonawanda for 30-plus years, raising two children and taking care of her parents.
Both were active in the First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda. He was a Boy Scout leader and the city's historian during the 1960s, as well as a member of the Buffalo Coin Club and the Western New York Railway Society. She was active in the Historical Society of the Tonawandas.
But both liked spending time at home, Mrs. Lloyd sewing and cooking, Mr. Lloyd working on his model trains.
"They thought of each other before themselves most of the time," Kirk said.
In their retirement, they traveled to Europe seven times, and in recent years lived with their daughter. It was only last month that they went into a nursing home.
Surviving in addition to their daughter is a son, David.
Richard Perry Obituary - Richard Perry (Our Junior High Principal and father of Ann Perry Goltz)
Richard E. Perry, age 92, of the City of Tonawanda, died Monday, February 23, 2009, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Tonawanda, he was the husband of 63 years to Elizabeth M. (nee Prohaska) Perry, who died in 2003. A US Navy Veteran of World War II, he was a 1934 graduate of Tonawanda High School, a 1938 graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College and received his Masters in Education from Canisius College. Mr. Perry began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher at Tonawanda Junior High School in 1939. He was also a Guidance Counselor and Principal at Tonawanda Junior High School during his 40 year career. In 1979, Mr. Perry retired as Superintendent of City of Tonawanda Schools. He was a member and former Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Tonawanda, a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. In 2000, Mr. Perry was honored as “Caretaker of the Year” at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. He is survived by three children, Richard J. (Alice) Perry of Potsdam, NY, Ann K.(Richard) Goltz of Tonawanda and Thomas E. (JoAnne) Perry of Studio City, CA. Also survived by nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
John Wactawski
Gym Teacher
WACTAWSKI - John Stanley Age 80, of North Tonawanda NY, on October 23, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of his wife of 56years. He had been in a nursing home for several years with alzheimers