Jim Palano is retiring at the end of the school year after devoting himself to the students at Bishop Timon for 39 years...
"I gave it a lot of thought," he said. "A lot of it is my family — my kids are now out of town, my grandkids are out of town, my dad now spends half the winter in Florida. I've pretty much put Timon ahead of family all of my life, and I want to spend more time with them, maybe turn the page and flip-flop it a bit.
Like his legendary father, Jim Palano has really given his life to the school. I helped coach soccer a few years back and Mr. Palano was very supportive of our efforts. In my opinion, he always had the students' best interests in mind when making tough decisions involving all the various teams at the school. Following in his father's footsteps must have been very tough, but I thought he handled it well. Timon's a sports minded school and Mel Palano, who I still consider the best teacher I ever had, was a larger than life figure in the community. Coaching is not easy, and and Bishop Timon has had to overcome low enrollment numbers in comparison to the larger schools (St. Joes, Canisius, St. Francis). 39 years is an incredible amount of time to devote to one place. Mr. Palano was an excellent Phys Ed as well as Biology teacher when I attended the school in Prehistoric times. More importantly, those who know him, know him to be a stand up guy. He will be greatly missed by the community. Bishop Timon will not be the same without a Palano at the helm.
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