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Leo J. Glynn, former civil service chairman
June 9, 1932 -- Nov. 19, 2007

Leo J. Glynn of Niagara Falls, former chairman of the North Tonawanda Civil Service Commission and an honored Canisius College basketball fan, died Monday at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston. He was 75.

Born in Niagara Falls, he graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College.

Mr. Glynn worked, in turn, at Hooker Chemical Corp., Bell Aerospace and the Maid of the Mist Corp.

The world-famous falls tour boat company was purchased in 1971 by his brother, James V. Glynn, who is chairman and chief executive officer, and whose son, Christopher M. Glynn, is company president. Leo Glynn supervised the ticket office on the American side for many years, retiring in 1987.

A former resident of North Tonawanda, where he lived for 35 years, Mr. Glynn enjoyed sports and travel. He was a season-ticket holder for Canisius College basketball games for 50 years and was honored as one of the school's All-Century Fans in 2004. He made annual visits to the National Invitation Tournament in New York City.

A dedicated New York Yankees fan, he attended baseball games in Toronto nearly every summer. Football wasn't left out, as he made frequent trips to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"He was always helping people," said John Maroon of Grand Island, volunteer chairman of the CP Recreation Group, an organization that helps disabled children in a variety of ways, from sponsoring their own bowling team to taking them to basketball games at Niagara University.

"Leo would come to our Christmas parties and bowling banquets," Maroon said. "He was very generous."

When Maroon, a World War II prisoner of war, was in a nursing home four years ago recovering from an old leg injury, Mr. Glynn would visit him and take him out for lunch.

Mr. Glynn was a member of the Niagara Falls First Friday Club, the DiGamma Honor Society of Canisius College, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Eldredge Bicycle Club, the Dom Polski Club, the Rescue Fire Company, the Volunteer Firemen's Benevolent Association, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Mental Health Association and the alumni associations of Canisius College and Canisius High School. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick and Michael; a daughter, Susan; two brothers, James and Donald; a dear friend, Priscilla Addoms; eight grandchildren; and a stepgrandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1112 South Ave., Niagara Falls.


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