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2015-02-04 / Business

John Percy named honorary member of North Tonawanda History Museum

The Board of Trustees of the North Tonawanda History Museum recently named John W. Percy as a “charter honorary life member” of the History Museum in recognition of his 11 years of service and support to the organization since its beginning.

Percy has presented programs for the History Museum, served as a proofreader for its full-length books, and has provided advice as a historian.

He recently retired after 45 years as a municipal historian. He has served both the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore.

He is a retired history teacher, having taught for 32 years, 25 of them at Tonawanda High School.

He was a charter member of the Town of Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society and remains active in that organization. Percy has served as an ex-officio trustee of the History Museum since 2011 and has been a member of its Advisory Committee since 2003, when the charter Board of Trustees was established.

Percy is a Town of Tonawanda resident.

The Board of Trustees also named Beverly Jasczyk DiPalma an “honorary life member” for her support and services to the History Museum for more than 10 years.

She is a vice president with Quinlan & Company in Amherst and has designed many of the covers for History Museum publications and is the designer of the window pane coverings being used on the window panes on the History Museum’s Webster and Manhattan Street sides of the building. She has served on the Advisory Committee since 2006. DiPalma is a North Tonawanda resident.

In addition, Benton Hiltz II, a Town of Tonawanda resident, was named to the Advisory Committee. He has been a volunteer with the History Museum, with facilities management as his focus, for six years.

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