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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is mourning the passing of Tony Colannino, former principal of John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel. He died Sept. 13 at the age of 56 after a brief illness.

Mr. Colannino graduated from McGill University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and received his teaching certificate the following year. He had a 33-year career as an educator, in which 29 years were spent at John F. Kennedy High School. He joined the school as a teacher in 1972 and taught languages, mathematics and special education. At the same time, he ran the Student Life Department. In 1984, he was appointed assistant to the principal, and oversaw a special project in the school on behalf of the Montreal Catholic School Commission. He became its vice principal in 1993 and was appointed to the posts of principal and director of the JFK Business Center in 1999. He also served as principal of Leonardo Da Vinci School in Rivière des Prairies from 1995 to 1999.

"Tony was well liked and respected by the school community and his colleagues because he always looked out for the best interests of the children and his staff," said EMSB Regional Director Angeline Roumeliotis, who has John F. Kennedy High School under her jurisdiction. "He was a team player, very caring and always accommodating. We certainly appreciated his calm manner and professional outlook."

An avid soccer enthusiast, Mr. Colannino served as vice president of the Rivière des Prairies Soccer Club, as well as its House League president during the early and mid 1990s.

Funeral services will be held on Fri. Sept. 16 (11 a.m.) at Maria Auxiliatrice Church (8550 Joliot Curie) in RDP.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213