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JAN. 8, 1920 -- APRIL 3, 2005

Max J. Keating, who founded a food service equipment business and owned a restaurant, died Sunday in his Snyder home after a long illness. He was 85.

A Buffalo native, he was a graduate of East High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Keating founded Max Equipment in 1950 and was president until retiring in 2003. He also owned Maximillian's, a restaurant on Delaware Avenue.

A member of the Knights of Columbus, the Western New York Restaurant Association and St. Benedict's Catholic Church choir, he enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Ruth Geiger; three daughters, Therese of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Lisa Boyce of Bartlesville, Okla., and Renee Keating Wagner of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Tim of Westminster, Md., and Kent of Amherst; three sisters, Alice Roth and Josephine Warrington, both of Kenmore, and Martha Carrigan of Hamburg; a brother, Joseph Kaczynski of Buffalo; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Benedict's Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.


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