Frank Ralabate

Frank Ralabate

Frank was a two sport athlete all four of his years at Bennett. He earned major varsity letters in Cross Country and Track. His All-High accomplishments include the 880 yard freshman relay in track, and two top 5 finishes in All-High Cross country meets in his Junior and senior years. Frank finished 5th overall in his junior season, and 2nd place in the entire city as a senior. Frank was also selected as the male “Athlete of the Year” in 1959. Always active in running, his sport of choice, Frank was President of the “ Bennett Track Club”, and founded the “Varsity Club” at Bennett. After high school Frank was designated a “Paul Harris Fellow” by Rotary International. Frank also was active in “Matthewson – McCarthy” baseball and the Rotary Club.

Frank went on to graduate in Law School, and is now a Lawyer locally with offices in Williamsville specializing in Real Estate. Frank has presented seminars to other Lawyers on Real Estate.

Today, Frank and his wife Judy reside in Williamsville, and are the proud parents of 3 children ( Cynthia, Thomas, and Theodore ) and 5 grandchildren.

Owen Tober

Owen Tober

Owen Tober was one of the greatest athletes to have ever competed at Bennett High School. He was All High in 1968 and 1969 in football and in baseball in 1969. In 1968 he scored the winning touchdown in the Harvard Cup championship game against Riverside. It is interesting to note that the game was the first high school game to be televised locally. In baseball, he pitched a no hitter against Grover Cleveland.The very popular and personal Tober was captain of both the football and baseball team. He was offered a full scholarship to Columbia University for football. However, he decided to go to UB. As a freshman against Army he ran for a 100 yard touchdown. He also played as a sophomore. UB dropped football shortly after and Tober played 3 years of varsity baseball at UB. He was scouted by major league scouts and went on to play almost 10 years of Muny baseball. He was a full time fireman and owned WNY’s Amsdel Training Kennel, WNY’s biggest kennel. He is survived by his wife Kathy and children Jennifer and Jeffrey.

Thomas Angelo

Thomas Angelo

Tommy Angelo had a brief but highly successful athletic career at Bennett High School. Tommy played two years of varsity football and was co captain of the 1952 Harvard Cup Champion squad. Tommy was named first team All-High in the Buffalo Evening News and the Courier Express as a linebacker following his senior season. At that time it was rare to have a defensive player only make the eleven man All-High team. Perhaps Tommy’s highest accolade was a comment made to him by Bennett’s legendary all time best football coach Fred Braun, who told Tommy “ you are the hardest hitter I ever coached “.

Concurrent with football, Tommy participated in the “ Golden Gloves “ boxing program, where he rose to be Middleweight Champion of Buffalo in 1953. Two years later in 1955, while in Military Service, Tommy became Heavyweight Champion of the armed forces at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Following his high school and Army career, Tommy launched a successful business career. He together with his wife Pat purchased and operated the famous “ Dad’s Cookie Company “. Tommy later owned and operated a Mobil Gas Station on the corner of Transit Rd. and Genesee St.

Today Tommy and Pat have been married for 56 years and reside in both Phoenix, Arizona and East Amherst, New York.