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March 28, 1939 – Oct. 2, 2012
A memorial Mass for the Rev. Robert P. Cipriano, a Buffalo native who became rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco, will be offered 9:15 a.m. Monday in St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Kenmore.
Father Cipriano died Tuesday in San Francisco. He was 73.
Father Cipriano returned to Western New York many times to see his family throughout his years as a priest and always celebrated Mass at St. Paul’s on Delaware Avenue at Victoria Boulevard during his visits.
He devoted his life to helping the poor and needy, his family said.
“He was loved by everyone he touched for his thoughtfulness, caring nature and wonderful sense of humor,” said State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, a cousin.
Father Cipriano graduated from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., with a degree in foreign languages. After graduating, he taught at his alma mater, Lafayette High School.
He lived and studied in France before moving to San Francisco in the 1960s, where he worked as an employment counselor.
Father Cipriano was ordained on May 9, 1987, and served as parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco among other assignments over the years. He served as rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi until his retirement in 2009.
He is survived by a brother, Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday in St. Mary’s Cathedral.