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May 6, 2013

CITY DESK: Standing ovation for Faba

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Niagara Gazette — While he’ll be forever linked to the Pine Avenue building they call “The Grand Lady,” Faba was so much more. Much more than I knew as it turns out. 

He was a man of many talents and interests. 

For example, he was, as Kudela put it, a tremendous singer who put his talent to use with the likes of the Lewiston Choraleers, Holy Family Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Site Choir and the Mary Mitchell Singers.

Faba was also an accomplished actor and director, having appeared in or guided many plays and musicals for the Western Door Theatre, Theatre in the Mist and Niagara Falls Little Theatre. 

Faba was a spiritual man too, serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wilson and Sanborn Baptist Church, as well as Chaplain of the Niagara Falls Air Base. 

Most of my post-NACC dealings with Faba came during meetings of the city’s planning board, where he served as a long-time member. 

In recent years, he relied on the assistance of a cane to help him get to and from meetings. 

He took great pride in living up to his responsibilities as a board member even on days when, physically, he may not have been entirely up for it.

My colleague, Michele DeLuca, wrote a story earlier this year about Faba’s most recent work as director of “Over The Tavern” for the NACC’s Woodbox Theater. He acknowledged in March that it may well be his final directorial piece. He talked about wanting to do more, provided his health would allow it. 

He also talked about being satisfied with “Over The Tavern,” his love for the cast and their performances. 

It’s only fitting that Faba’s curtain call came at the NACC, a building he helped preserve in a community he cherished. 

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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