Oct. 2, 1942 – Dec. 30, 2013
The Rev. Norman P. McTigue, retired pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish and a chaplain, died Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 71.
A lifelong resident of Western New York, Father McTigue was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College. He received his master’s degree from the University of Toronto and attended St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora prior to his ordination by Bishop James A. McNulty in 1970, in St. Joseph’s New Cathedral.
Father McTigue served as an assistant at St. Paul in Kenmore, St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Niagara Falls and St. Andrew in the Town of Tonawanda before becoming pastor in 1987 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Collins Center.
Beginning in 1992, he was senior parochial vicar at Holy Family in Buffalo, St. Andrew in Town of Tonawanda, St. John de LaSalle in Niagara Falls and Immaculate Conception in East Aurora.
Also in 1997, Father McTigue became temporary administrator of Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Buffalo and chaplain at Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
He continued his work at the Psychiatric Center after becoming parochial vicar at St. Amelia Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda in 1998. He took over as pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Buffalo in 2003, and in 2008 began work as a chaplain at Roswell Park Center Institute.
He retired in 2009.
Father McTigue extended his ministry as a chaplain at the Human Growth Foundation of Buffalo, the Collins Center Volunteer Fire Department and at various nursing homes. He was moderator at the Kolping Society of Buffalo and taught at Turner Carroll High School, Trocaire College and Niagara University.
He was vice president and president of the Northwest I Mental Health Corp. and vice chairman and chairman of the Erie County Mental Hygiene Community Service Board.
Father McTigue is survived by a sister, Mary Patricia Garrett, and three brothers, James, John and Robert.
Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz will preside over a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.