Lancaster Central Teachers Association Union President Eric Przykuta Remembered By NYSUT & The American Federation Of Teachers As ‘Serving With Passion & Dedication - Every Day’
Przykuta, A Suburban Buffalo Seventh-Grade Science Teacher For Nearly Two Decades, Died In A Boating Accident Over The Weekend
(LANCASTER, NEW YORK) - Lancaster Teachers Central Association (LTCA) Union President Eric Przykuta (pictured above) is being remembered by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as serving with passion and dedication - every day.
Przykuta, 43, a Seventh-Grade Science Teacher for nearly two decades, died in a boating accident over the weekend
NYSUT tweeted out: Today we join with the Lancaster community in mourning the loss of @LCTA_NY President Eric Przykuta. Our thoughts are with the many students and Union Colleagues he served with passion and dedication every day.
AFT President Randi Weingarten also offered her condolences via tweet: So tragic... our condolences to Eric’s family and to Eric’s members and friends. Eric was a Union Brother of ours and a great leader.
And another tweet from the LCTA: Today @LCTA_NY lost our friend, brother, and President Eric Przykuta. As Eric has shown us, this is the time when we are needed. We will be there for him. We will be there for each other. We will be there for his family - they are our family.
Przykuta taught in the Lancaster District for nearly 20 years and also served as LCTA President for the past 10 years. He also coached the school’s modified lacrosse team.
“Eric always put others before himself," LCTA Vice President Donald Kirsch said. "He was the first to show up for anyone in need. His passion for the teachers and students of Lancaster was unmatched. He was a true friend and we will miss him.”
“He was a highly-respected Teacher at Lancaster Middle School, regarded as an advocate for children, both in the classroom and on the athletic field,” Lancaster Middle School Principal Peter Kruszynski said. “As president of the LCTA, and on a personal level, he was respected by peers and administrators alike.”
West Seneca Teachers Association (WSTA) President Joe Cantafio also tweeted a tribute: Thoughts and prayers for Eric’s family, friends, and @LCTA_NY. Eric was a long-Time Union Leader and fighter for students and members. I remember protesting testing and Commish King outside WNED in 2013 in a blizzard with him. Sad day. @nysut
For More, Read The Buffalo News’ Story, Headlined: Lancaster Teacher Created Lasting Memories For A Generation Of Students at http://buffalonews.com/2018/05/13/body-of-man-pulled-from-small-boat-harbor-after-boating-accident/