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Oct. 6, 1970 – July 31, 2014

Thomas S. Kacalski, a Lackawanna High School social studies teacher, died Thursday in South Buffalo Mercy Hospital. He was 43.

Mr. Kacalski was born in Buffalo. He graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1989. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in social studies education from St. Bonaventure University in 1999.

He was a social studies teacher, mostly for grades 10 to 12, at Lackawanna High School for 15 years.

Mr. Kacalski was a soccer coach, coaching the Hamburg Monarchs, Empire United SA Buffalo, Daemen College and Lackawanna High School. As a coach, he won four championships.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.