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Ed J. McCabe, community leader operated tavern, Agway stores
July 24, 1930 -- Jan. 19, 2007

Ed J. McCabe, tavern owner, Agway manager, school board member and community volunteer, died Friday in his home after a long illness. He was 76.

Born in Malone, Mr. McCabe was a military police officer with the Army in Tokyo before beginning a 40-year career as a manager of Agway stores in a number of upstate New York communities, most recently Lockport, where he spent 25 years before retiring in 1989.

He also owned and operated Mr. Ed's Friendly Tavern from 1980 until selling it last year. Mr. Ed's sponsored numerous local baseball, softball and basketball teams, as well as the annual Super Bowl 5K race in Middleport.

Mr. McCabe, who served as grand knight of the Medina Knights of Columbus, also served on the Royalton-Hartland School Board and was both an emergency medical technician and a firefighter.

Mr. McCabe also was active in Cornell Cooperative Extension, receiving the group's distinguished service award.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Shirley Rieks; three daughters, Mary Ellen Jacobs, Michele Denniston and Maureen Thompson; and a son, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 21 Vernon St., Middleport.


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