Requiescat in Pace, Charles 'Chip' Jones ‘74

CHS Staff

 

Requiescat in Pace, Charles "Chip" Jones '74.

We mourn the loss of Chip, a successful businessman with a long history of service to Canisius High School and several other Western New York community groups.

A former chair of the CHS Board of Trustees and an inductee into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, he embraced the Jesuit motto of being a "Man for Others" by serving on the boards of many charities and organizations, including NativityMiguel School and Peaceprints of WNY.

"He was a man of deep faith who knew well that faith is best expressed in action, and for Chip this meant a life lived in the service of others," said President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J.

"He cherished his beautiful family and considered Canisius part of his extended family. He was unfailing in his support and care for Canisius and we will miss him and his warm presence dearly."  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. 

Read The Buffalo News obituary.

Jones and his family at the 2019 Alumni Awards ceremony.

This is Jones' acceptance speech upon his induction into our Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor in 2019

"I offer heartfelt thanks for inclusion in the Canisius High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor.  I am most humbled to share this honor with our current and past Hall of Honor alumni.

"As the eldest son in a family of eight, I was most blessed to share the love of two devout parents, Gary and Dolores, both strongly committed to the value of a Catholic education. As my education began at Mount Saint Joseph, I soon realized the care and commitment bestowed upon me and my classmates by the dear Sisters of Saint Joseph. Nine years of their precious nurture, and exposure to an occasional firm and necessary disciplinary skill, helped prepare me for my four formative years at Canisius High School.

"It is here, at this school, with its dedicated religious and lay teachers, that causes me to recall the impact of those years on all facets of my life. My academic future, career choice, community involvement, and family life accomplishments have all been influenced by my passing through those famous blue doors. I am most grateful to all the teachers and staff who touched my mind and heart during those formative years of my life.

"My exposure to a Jesuit education prompted me to continue my studies at Canisius College. There, exposed to excellent professors of business and finance, I gained the skills necessary to begin my electrical construction business, Wittburn Enterprises, Inc.

"I am also most grateful to Canisius High School’s focus on becoming 'a Man for Others.' Commitment to this mindset has afforded me the opportunity to serve on numerous boards and organizations throughout our Western New York community. I am also thankful to these organizations for allowing me to be of service.

"Finally, I extend many thanks to my friends and family. 

"Bill Koessler ’74 and I shared classrooms and teachers from kindergarten through graduation from Canisius High School. We remain close friends today and I appreciate his support and friendship dearly.

"Another dear friend, Bill Collins, although a bit misguided in his high school years at St. Joe’s Collegiate, continues to provide cherished support and friendship in my life. Thankfully, Bill has seen the Jesuit light and currently is 'a man for others' as the Vice President of Institutional Development at Canisius College.

"Many thanks to my wife, Marylou; her help and support is both full and constant; and to my children, Micaela and Mike: your presence in my life has made me a better man and I am most grateful."

 

Awards ceremony highlights another great HAP summer

Rising eighth graders from all over Western New York completed our Higher Achievement Program Friday as the four-week multifaceted experience concluded with our awards ceremony.

Friday’s awards ceremony was highlighted with the naming of Mr. HAP 2022: Ka’Ron Gentry of Buffalo and Nativity Miguel School’s St. Augustine Campus.

Requiescat in Pace, Charles 'Chip' Jones ‘74

We mourn the loss of Chip, a successful businessman with a long history of service to Canisius High School and several other Western New York community groups.

A former chair of the CHS Board of Trustees and an inductee into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, he embraced he Jesuit motto of being a "Man for Others" by serving on the boards of many charities and organizations.

National Honor Society induction among highlights of Junior Awards Ceremony

Several distinguished honors and the 2022 induction to Canisius's Robert Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society highlighted Tuesday’s Junior Awards Ceremony in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

"This past week, we celebrated and bid farewell to the class of 2022," said Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres. "Today, we gather to highlight the achievements of our rising seniors, to celebrate the accomplishments of our new student leaders – the class of 2023."

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award.