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Michael A. Hanna, bank executive
May 30, 1929 -- Jan. 13, 2007

Michael A. Hanna of Amherst, a retired senior vice president of Western New York Savings Bank and former chairman of the Buffalo Convention Center, died at home Saturday. He was 77.

Mr. Hanna was born in Niagara Falls and grew up on Buffalo's West Side. He graduated from Annunciation High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He later received a banking degree from Canisius College.

He began his career at Western New York Savings Bank in 1968, working in the mortgage origination department. In 1971, he became assistant vice president and was promoted to senior vice president in 1976.

In 1985, Mr. Hanna was elected chairman of the board of the Buffalo Convention Center. He was also involved with the Niagara Frontier Builders Association and headed an advisory banking committee to the Erie County Legislature. He was also president of Towne Mortgage Corp. in Amherst and former member of the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board. He was active in the Town of Tonawanda Republican Party.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a daughter, Patricia Oliphant; a son, Bill; and a sister, Natalie Gilbert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.


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