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June 28, 1927 – Nov. 26, 2013

Monsignor John H. Bugman, who served the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for more than 40 years, died Tuesday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, Monsignor Bugman was a graduate of Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo and Niagara University. He attended Our Lady of the Angels Seminary at Niagara University and was ordained June 7, 1952, by Bishop Joseph A. Burke.

Monsignor Bugman’s first assignment was as a missionary apostolate at St. Mark’s Church in Rushford. Between 1953 and 1970, he served as an assistant at churches in Lancaster and Buffalo.

He first served as a pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Little Valley, from 1970 to 1972, before moving to St. Nicholas in North Java, where he was the pastor for a decade.

He served as diocesan director of the National Rural Life Conference from 1979 to 1981. His last assignment, from 1982 to 1994, was at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in West Seneca.

He was appointed prelate of honor in 1993.

Monsignor Bugman was a 4th-degree member of Father John Schaus Council, Knights of Columbus. He lived at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna after retiring before he moved to a nursing home.

Survivors include a brother, Richard A.; and two sisters, Patricia M. Bennett and Olive F. Engl.

A Mass of Christian Burial, offered by Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.