© 2023 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Lancaster Teachers Association president killed in fishing incident

John Abraham Jr./Lancaster Social Studies Teacher

The Lancaster Central Schools are mourning the loss of one of their own. Eric Przykuta, 43, was killed over the weekend in what the school district is calling a "tragic fishing accident at the Small Boat Harbor.”

Schools Superintendent Michael Vallely said Przykuta was president of the teachers association for the last 10 years and taught seventh grade science at Lancaster Middle School for nearly 20 years. He also coached boys modified lacrosse, was active in community and youth activities, and was honored by New York State United Teachers with their Leadership Award.

"Because this tragedy touches not only Mr. Przykuta’s students, past and present, but the entire faculty and staff in the Lancaster Central School District," Vallely said, "grief counselors and other emotional support staff will be present in the buildings Monday." A memorial service will be held at the Lancaster High School auditorium on May 19 at 9:30 a.m.

"Eric always put others before himself," said Teachers Association Vice President Donald Kirsch. "He was the first to show up for anyone in need. His passion for the teachers and students of Lancaster was un- matched. He was a true friend and we will miss him.”