Gregory Hejmanowski Obituary

Gregory  J. Hejmanowski
Gregory J. Hejmanowski

October 14, 1939 - August 23, 2018
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Orange Park, Florida
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August 23, 2018, age 78; beloved husband of 48 years to Mary Ann (nee DiGiacomo) Hejmanowski; devoted father of Dr. Christopher (Dr. Tracy) Hejmanowski and Judge David (Dr. Ashley) Hejmanowski; loving grandfather of Grace, Catherine, Callan, Liam, Nicholas, and Will; dear brother of Conrad (late Geraldine) Hejmanowski, Sandra (Thomas) Becker and the late Robert Hejmanowski; brother-in-law of Petrina (late Pat) DiGiacomo; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (at Parker Blvd.). Family and friends are invited Saturday at 10 AM to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Please assemble at church. Share condolences at
Buffalo News Obituary Version

Oct. 14, 1939 - Aug. 23, 2018

Gregory J. Hejmanowski, of Orange Park, Fla., a school principal who led Buffalo’s West Hertel Academy to a national award, died Aug. 23 in Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla., after a decadelong battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration from the University at Buffalo.

Known to many as Gregg, he began his 36-year career teaching social studies and mathematics in the Buffalo schools. After a year as assistant principal of West Hertel Academy, he was named principal of School 75 in 1973. Two years later, he became principal of School 18 and returned to West Hertel Academy in 1979 as principal.

During his tenure, West Hertel was named a School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. He was especially proud of the school’s annual “Read-a-Thon,” for which faculty and staff would dress as characters in the books the students were reading.

Named Buffalo’s first supervising principal for elementary schools when the position was created in 1985, Mr. Hejmanowski oversaw other school administrators for five years and served briefly as acting assistant superintendent for elementary education.

Wanting to work more closely again with students, he returned to West Hertel Academy as principal in 1990, retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the board of trustees of the Elementary Principals Association and negotiated contracts on their behalf. He served on committees to develop city, state and nationwide standards in math, drug prevention and middle school education.

He also served on the Federal Proposal Development Committee for the Emergency School Aid Act, which assisted school districts in desegregation.

A resident of Grand Island until 2014, he was appointed to the Grand Island Board of Education three times when a member resigned or retired, twice in 1996. Each time he declined to run for a full term.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Ann DiGiacomo; two sons, Dr. Christopher and Judge David; a brother, Conrad; a sister, Sandra; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.





Tonawanda Chapel
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY US 14150
Friday, September 28, 2018
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Stephen Church
2100 Baseline Road
Grand Island, NY US 14072-2059
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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