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Jan. 30, 1932 – March 14, 2014

The Rev. Richard A. Massar, who served at half a dozen parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Friday in Mercy Hospital. He was 82.

Born in Gowanda, he was a graduate of Gowanda High School and St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora.

He was ordained May 24, 1969, by Bishop James A. McNulty in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna

Father Massar first was assigned as assistant pastor at St. John Vianney Church in Orchard Park, then became assistant pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Buffalo in 1971, assistant pastor at SS. Peter & Paul Church in Jamestown in 1976 and assistant pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo in 1982.

In 1989, he was named parochial vicar at St. Martin’s Church in Buffalo, then became parochial vicar at Infant of Prague Church in Cheektowaga in 1993.

He retired in 2002.

Survivors include four brothers, Alexander, Joseph, Dominic and George.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Saturday by Bishop Edward M. Grosz in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Main Street and Erie Avenue, Gowanda.