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CHARLES D. MCGILLICUDDY, STATISTICIAN FOR BILLS
SEPT. 15, 1924 -- APRIL 10, 2005

Charles D. McGillicuddy, a statistician for the Buffalo Bills who retired as assistant corporate sanitarian for ConAgra, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 80.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. McGillicuddy was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College and was active in alumni fund raising.

He was a 50-year season ticket-holder for the college's basketball games.

Mr. McGillicuddy's career was in the mills, first for Allied Mills on Bolton Street, then Peavey Flour Mill on Child Street, which later became ConAgra.

He worked in management, responsible for making sure the mills met government regulations for sanitation and safety. He retired in 1990.

A longtime resident of the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. McGillicuddy was active in Democratic politics as an election inspector and committee member.

He was a regular at Town Board meetings and was considered a citizen watchdog. He also advised local Democratic candidates on town government issues.

Mr. McGillicuddy, along with his brothers, local sports legend Cornelius V. "Connie" and Michael, both now deceased, were statisticians for Buffalo's team in the All-American Football Conference from 1946 to 1949.

In 1960, Mr. McGillicuddy and his brothers became statisticians for the current Bills franchise.

Most recently, he kept the team's passing statistics on game day and, in retirement, regularly volunteered at One Bills Drive to research statistical questions for sports reporters. He also assisted in research that led to the creation of the Buffalo Bills archives.

Mr. McGillicuddy served as treasurer of the Town O'Tonawanda Irish Club, where he helped organize the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, including this year's edition.

As a member of St. Amelia's Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, he was past secretary of the group's bowling league and served on the parish's Facilities Committee. Mr. McGillicuddy was a past president of the Tonawanda Bowling Association and also served as president of the Northside First Friday Club, a Catholic men's organization.

He met his wife of almost 50 years, Alma Gutgunst McGillicuddy, through their involvement in the Catholic Youth Organization. They were married in September 1955.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Maura P. of Mamaroneck; three sons, C. Daniel of Hamburg, Cornelius M. of Amherst and Brendan L. of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Amelia's Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 10:45 in the D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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