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Timon Honors Night



Pictured l-r standing: Bjay Ryan, Jim Rzad, Erik T. Bohen, Dan Granville and Gene Overdorf 
Sitting l-r: Linda Cimusz, Timon’s Interim Principal, Vic Laudisio, Matt Struzik and Jim Hatem


                        On February 17, 2018, the Timon Community came together to celebrate the athletic and professional achievements of alumni at Timon Honors Night, held at The Columns in Elma. The evening included both the John Timon Society and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions.

            Inducted into the John Timon Society were Victor C. Laudisio and James E. Hatem. Victor, a member of the class of 1968, Victor eventually became the local spokesman and continued handling media relations, employee communications, and contributed to both regional and national print publications. Victor is an active volunteer, including serving a term on Timon's Board of Trustees, being a caller for his class during Timon's Phon-a-Thon, and has been involved in organizing his class reunions. Victor also served as a board member of Hospice Buffalo.

             Jim, a member of the class of 1976, James, now retired from Calspan as the Director of Software and System Solutions, was a team member of "It's Academic" TV quiz show, the chess team, Little Theatre, the math, science, and Spanish clubs, as well as contributing to the Tidings, the Scholarship, and Golden Key Club.

James has earned several awards for his involvement in many community projects.  James was named volunteer judge for "43 North", the World's Largest Business Idea Competition, and also served as a business and technical mentor for the University of Buffalo's Entrepreneur programs..

            This year's Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were Daniel J. Granville and Erik T. Bohen. Daniel, better known as DJ, graduated in 1996. While at Timon DJ was President of his senior class, a Eucharistic Minister, as well as a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track. He was All-Catholic for football his junior and senior year, part of the 1995 Monsignor Martin League Championship Team, as well as team captain. He was a co-captain his senior year for the basketball team. In his position as the Chief of Narcotics and Intelligence, DJ has received many awards for his excellence on the job.  In April 2001, DJ received the Life-Saving Award for intervening in a potential suicide and the Officer of the Quarter Award for his work in apprehending three armed robbery suspects.  In December 2002, DJ was again named Officer of the Quarter in recognition for arresting a murder suspect featured on America's Most Wanted.  

            Erik, a member of the class of 2000, was a member of Timon's Cross Country team and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Erik has shared his love of running by becoming actively involved in various community road/walk races. Erik was instrumental in forming the Jack Donohue Memorial Race, in honor of the late Mount Mercy Academy running coach, and, in 2010, received the Mercy 5K Community Service Award. And later in 2014, received the Spirit of Mercy award at the annual Mercy Honors Dinner. In addition, Erik was instrumental with two additional races in support of very worthy causes. The Ryan Purcell Memorial Run funds the Ryan Purcell Foundation which provides scholarships to high school graduates to support their college studies and the Timon Fall Challenge 5K Race, which provided funding for the incoming freshmen class each year.

            In addition, four individuals were recognized for their commitment to Timon and to our community by giving unselfishly of their time and talents.

            The Spirit of St. Francis Award was given to James J. Rzad '66 for his tireless dedication to Timon over the past two decades. Gene Overdorf '71, Timon's Director of Student Affairs and earth science teacher, was awarded the Fr. Claude Kean Builders Award for his efforts and dedication to the students of Timon.         

            The Paul Lempko '54 Alumni Appreciation Award was awarded to Bjay Ryan '98 for his dedication and commitment to Timon's Alumni Association. Matthew A. Struzik '96 was awarded the Tom Sands '53 Community Service Award for his commitment to living the Franciscan values and his dedication to bettering his community. 

            The Timon Honors Night Selection Committee included Dan Finucane '69, Jack Reid '73, Bob Maggio '73, Tim Kelly '75, and Brian Holleran '84. Brian was also the program book chairmen for the event, spending countless hours selling ads for the book.

            In 1980, the Timon Athletic Hall of Fame was established as a means of recognizing alumni who have excelled in athletics as Timon students and beyond.  Members of the Athletic Hall of Fame represent the competitive spirit of Timon while exuding a spirit of sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. 

            A decade later, in 1994, the John Timon Society was established to honor and recognize Timon alumni who exemplify what a true Timon man is. These alumni demonstrate the character and leadership of the man, Bishop John Timon, first bishop of Buffalo, NY, by living the spirit and characteristics of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan charism.  

            Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame and the John Timon Society are accepted year round. Letters of nominations should be sent to Michelle Patterson, Advancement Officer, at Timon, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220.