John T. Privitera

October 7, 1944November 4, 2018
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November 4, 2018. Beloved husband of 44 years of Carol (Dean) Privitera; loving father of Kathleen (Rich) Hupf; son of the late Michael and Helen (Keefe) Privitera; brother of James (Claire) Privitera, Sue (K. David English) Privitera and the late Patricia and Jean Privitera; uncle of Michael (Debbie Tonon) Flatt, Russell (Camron) Privitera, Cory (Maria) Janick and Colin Janick; brother-in-law of Alice Janick and Doris (Richard) Brzyski. Also survived by several grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, friends, colleagues and students. Family will be present for memorial visitation on Friday from 4-7 pm at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gregory the Great Church on Saturday at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in John’s memory. John was a graduate of Monroe Community College and the University at Buffalo. Completed graduate work at Cornell University. He was a teacher in the Cleveland Hill School District for 35 years. He enjoyed reading, gardening and travel. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 10, 2018

John T. Privitera

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Tyrell McNett

November 13, 2018

We were just speaking less than 2 weeks ago...I'm speechless... Rest well my good man...the world lost one more kind soul.

Pamela Zielonka

November 13, 2018

I am a retired teacher from Cleve Hill and I do remember John! What a wonderful and kind man. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. Heaven surely has received another angel! God bless you!

Susan Young

November 13, 2018

So sad. Words are slow to form but my love and admiration for John is strong. Please accept my sympathy and tell your mother Carol that our prayers and love are with her.

Kelly Wernicki Havernick

November 13, 2018

Wow this is so shocking. I was following his adventures in France and his unfortunate broken foot. I have many memories of him as my teacher at Cleveland Hill. My heart goes out to you.

Heather Johnson

November 13, 2018

Mr. Privitera was one of my high school English teachers... I really enjoyed reconnecting with him when I saw him out to dinner at McPartlan's and on Facebook. So sorry for you loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

Laura Kennelly

November 13, 2018

Carol, I am very sorry to read this. I'm glad you two made it to Paris. I'll always remember with smiles the trip to Bavaria (plus more) and one of the most memorable Thanksgiving dinners I've ever had with our travel "family."

Jordan Alexandra

November 13, 2018

Carol, I am so sorry for your loss! It was a pleasure getting to know the two of you in Bavaria. Keeping you in my prayers.

Jay Kick

November 13, 2018

I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Privitera was my high school English teacher. He was a fantastic teacher and I would like to pass along my condolences to you...

Michelle Bridenbaker

November 13, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Privitera, he was a great teacher and I have enjoyed reconnecting with him after all these years. I send my deepest condolences to your family in this sad time as he is clearly loved so much by his family and friends.

Jineane Victoria

November 13, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of being one of Mr. Privitera's students in the early 2000's. He was an outstanding teacher who challenged me to work to my fullest potential. To this day, I am thankful for this investment in my education. Will be praying for your family.


John T. Privitera was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       John was raised in Ithaca and Rochester, New York. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Privitera household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, John was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. John was raised with 4 siblings. He had one older brother, James and three younger sisters, Sue, Jean and Patricia. John was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. John and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but John was always consistently loyal to his family.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but John handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, John was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. John was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served John well during his college experience. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters in Education from Cornell University.

       Compassionate and devoted to Carol, John held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Carol and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      John brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. John was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. John was blessed with one child, Kathleen Susan.

      John greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. John enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, John was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was a teacher. He was employed for 35 years at the Cleveland Hill School District. John worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Many organizations were grateful to have John as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, John was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, John was an active member of the Cleveland Hill Teachers Association (President), NYSUT.

      John T. Privitera passed away on November 4, 2018 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Buffalo, New York. He is survived by his wife Carol and daughter Kathleen.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of John T. Privitera. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.