Gerard J. Mosey, 76, Beloved Teacher, Actor and Community Volunteer

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August 26, 1942 – January 5, 2019

Some people are inspiring teachers, others are talented artists, dedicated members of the church, or selfless volunteers in the community.

Gerard J. "Jerry" Mosey was all that, and more.

In fact, the only area in which he failed was politics. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the Lewiston Village Council and the Niagara County Legislature while he was living in Lewiston from 2005 to 2016. He was however named "Democrat of the Year" in Lewiston in 2012 and was Commissioner of the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission from 2008 to 2016.

"It has touched so many lives," said Frank Filicetti, a longtime friend of Dr. Mosey. "He wanted to connect with people and people would invite him to parties to make sure the party was good."

Dr. Mosey, 76, of East Amherst, passed away on January 5th. He was briefly supported by the Buffalo Hospice in Cheektowaga after a multi-month illness.

Born in Buffalo, son of James and Dorothy Mosey and younger brother of James Jr. He grew up in the Norton Court projects in North Tonawanda, where his family sang together for an hour every night after dinner, Filicetti said.

"He grew up thinking it was what all the families did," said Filicetti laughing. "His parents would harmonize the popular songs of the day and his father would play the harmonica."

After attending Bishop Fallon High School in Buffalo for three years, Dr. Mosey entered the Oblate seminary of Mary Immaculate, where he graduated from high school. He went home when his father became ill.

In 1968, as leader of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Organizations, Dr. Mosey commended President Lyndon B. Johnson for his interest in youth.

Dr. Mosey taught at Bishop Duffy High School, then joined the St. Francis de Sales Oblates and taught at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Detroit for a year. To the Oblates, he reconnected with Filicetti, a student of Bishop Duffy who had joined the seminary a year earlier. Mr. Mosey earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Western Michigan University in 1972.

After leaving the seminary, he taught in Cleveland Hill District in Cheektowaga and then in Orchard Park Schools. After a bitter teachers strike in 1975, "he felt it was time to change careers," Filicetti said. With a third musician, they formed a tour group of the Top 40 called "The Directory".

From 1980 to 1985, Mr. Mosey was deputy director of a high school in Daytona Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1985, then taught at St. Francis High School and was director of the St. Mary's Lake and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Doctors Mosey and Filicetti co-wrote ten hymns, many of which are performed at the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, where Dr. Mosey was a reader and a minister of the Eucharist.

In 1992, he began working at the Department of Education at Medaille College, before becoming chairman of the department. He received his PhD in Education from the University of Buffalo in 1998.

Dr. Mosey retired from Medaille in August 2002, and received the Dr. Brian R. Shero Award for Excellence in Teaching and University Leadership.

After his retirement, he taught graduate studies at Niagara University and D'Youville College and joined community organizations and acting.

He has been Chairman of the Lewiston Council on the Arts and the Lewiston Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Lewiston Village Recreation and Parks Committee and the Loyal Order of Moose. A founding member of the Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield, he was named Kiwanian of the year in Lewiston in 2010.

In 2008, he was elected citizen of the year by the village of Lewiston.

Over the years, Dr. Mosey has appeared in "The Marble Orchard" of the Lewiston Arts Council and has performed in productions of O & # 39; Connell & Company and Lancaster Opera House.

He met Joey Bucheker in 2010 when Bucheker gave him the lead role in The Wizard of Oz's Theater in the Mist. Bucheker said Dr. Mosey's favorite role was Thenardier in "Les Miserables".

His last role was that of Chip, the caller at Bingo, in "Betsy Carmichael's Bingo Palace," written by Bucheker with Mary Kate O. Connell. After opening in Buffalo, Dr. Mosey and Bucheker took the show together on the road, "driving, talking, laughing," said Bucheker.

"Whenever I needed something, I could call it," Bucheker said. "It was a great friend."

At the time Mr. Mosey was the Commissioner of Parks, "all members of the commission and his staff liked him," said Angela Berti, Marketing and Public Affairs Manager for Parks. "He brought to the group a passion for parks, education and community services."

In addition to his friends, Dr. Mosey leaves three nieces.

A commemorative gathering will take place from 11:00 to 13:00. Saturday at Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Avenue, near Tifft Street, Buffalo, with a commemorative ceremony beginning at 1 pm