On behalf of our clergy, diocesan leaders, parishes, and educators, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the St. Bonaventure University community and the family of Dr. Dennis DePerro, on the occasion of his untimely passing. Again, we experience how this dreaded virus has robbed us of so many dedicated, talented and cherished members of our community. We hold Dr. DePerro and his family in our hearts with abiding gratitude for all that he made possible in his long and distinguished career. May his enduring contributions and memory be a blessing and source of comfort, even as we offer gratitude to God for allowing him to share generously with this community his deep faith, abundant talents and loyal friendship.
- Bishop Michael W. Fisher of the Diocese of Buffalo
On behalf of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels
and St. John the Evangelist
parishes, we offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of President DePerro. Our love and prayers are with his family, friends, and the entire St. Bonaventure University community. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in Your peace. Amen
Trocaire College joins the St. Bonaventure community and beyond in mourning the tragic loss of Dr. Dennis DePerro. Dennis was a dedicated and accomplished higher education professional, and deeply committed to the values of Catholic higher education. Dennis was South Buffalo born and raised, with his education and outlook influenced by both the Franciscan Friars and Trocaire’s founding Sisters of Mercy. He was a true friend to the college, and to me personally.
We at Trocaire are keeping Dennis’ family in our prayers as they work through this difficult time, and praying for the St. Bonaventure community as they struggle to overcome the loss of a tremendous campus leader.
Rest in peace, Dr. Dennis DePerro.
- Trocaire College President Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D.
I speak for the entire Canisius College community in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the St. Bonaventure University community on the death of Dennis DePerro. He was an extraordinary man of faith and grace who began his distinguished academic career as an admissions counselor here at his alma mater, Canisius, and went on to achieve so much at Marietta, LeMoyne and St. Bonaventure. He could light up a room with his wit and humor. Despite his many professional successes, he remained at his core a humble, devoted servant of God for whom faith and family were paramount.
Personally, I have regarded Dennis as a great personal friend for many years and so I, like so many connected with St. Bonaventure, am simply heartbroken at his passing. We consulted regularly on the many challenges we faced in our work in higher education. He was a valued colleague in the many professional circles in which we traveled. I will miss him greatly. I have his wife, Sherry, and sons, Andrew and Matthew in my prayers at this very sad time.
- Canisius College President John J. Hurley
I am extremely saddened by loss of St. Bonaventure University President, Dr. Dennis DePerro. Dr. DePerro was not only a great colleague and leader in higher education, but a great friend, who I have known for many years. Hilbert College joins the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and our fellow Franciscan colleges and universities across the nation as we extend our deepest condolences to Dr. DePerro’s family, friends, and the entire St. Bonaventure community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. In solidarity with St. Bonaventure, we will fly our flag at half-staff and offer a Mass in his honor on Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m. in St. Clare Chapel on the Hilbert campus.
- Hilbert College President Dr. Michael Brophy
The friars join the St. Bonaventure University community in mourning the death of president Dr. Dennis DePerro, who passed away early this morning from complications caused by COVID-19. Our prayers are with Dr. DePerro’s family, especially his wife, Sherry, and his sons, Andrew and Matthew.
- Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
On behalf of the Atlantic 10 Conference, we all were heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of St. Bonaventure President Dr. Dennis DePerro. Well respected by his peers in the A-10 and nationally, he was beloved by all. A visionary leader, he was an advocate for the students and the university. He arrived at St. Bonaventure with an already distinguished career in higher education, and his distinctive style of leadership was embraced by the SBU community. We mourn with our colleagues, the A-10 Presidents Council, and the St. Bonaventure community. We have lost an amazing leader, family man and friend, but are inspired by his life. I offer the prayers of the entire Atlantic 10 to Dr. DePerro’s family, the St. Bonaventure community, and Bonnies athletics.
- A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade
Dr. Dennis DePerro believed in the power of education and was a champion of students across New York State. His legacy of dedication to higher education in Upstate New York was second to none, including his work at his alma mater, Canisius College, his long tenure at Le Moyne College, and culminating in the presidency of St. Bonaventure University. Dr. DePerro’s vision to build ‘A Bolder Bonaventure’ and the transformative programs he developed throughout the institution, will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the St. Bonaventure community for generations. He will be deeply missed.
On behalf of New York’s Independent Sector of higher education, we are heartbroken over the loss of such a vital and warm member of our community. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the many students, alumni, and faculty of St. Bonaventure University, Le Moyne College, and Canisius College whose lives he touched.
- CICU Interim President Dr. Drew Bogner
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Dennis DePerro former member of the CCAA Board of Directors
& most recently president of St. Bonaventure.
Please join us in praying for Dennis, his family & the SBU community during this difficult time.
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- National CCAA President Jean Marie Cox
Campus Ministry at St. John Fisher College sends condolences to our friends at St. Bonaventure University on the passing of their president, Dr. Dennis DePerro. Dr. DePerro has been suffering from COVID for over 2 months. He and Dr. Rooney have been friends for over 35 years.
May angels led him to Paradise, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
- SJFC Campus Ministry
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of St. Bonaventure University President Dennis DePerro today. President DePerro led St. Bonaventure in a dignified, caring way that created a thriving environment for students to learn, professors to teach, and the entire campus to flourish. We will greatly miss his integrity, his compassion, and his dedication to serving his students and the broader university community. Jean and I share our thoughts and prayers with President DePerro’s family and friends, as well as the staff and students at St. Bonaventure University as we all mourn this loss.
- U.S. Rep. Tom Reed