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Kevin B. Weil, created 1960s Bills program covers; April 7, 1933 -- June 23, 2012

Kevin Barrett Weil, of Williamsville, a retired sales executive and cartoonist who created the Buffalo Bills program covers in the 1960s, died Saturday at home surrounded by family after a lengthy illness. He was 79.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School. He graduated from Niagara University in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in English. After college, he served two years in the Navy working as a print and television journalist stationed in Norfolk, Va.

Mr. Weil worked for Catholic Charities of Buffalo before becoming an account executive at the Holling Press of Buffalo, where he worked for 15 years. Later, he moved to Sterling C. Sommer, from which he retired in 1997.

He was an accomplished cartoonist and created the program covers for the Bills from 1961 to 1964. His work was recently highlighted at the 50th anniversary of the AFL at the Football Hall of Fame.

Mr. Weil was active in the Buffalo Jaycees, served on the Parish Council at St. Paul Catholic Church in Kenmore and worked on numerous Niagara University alumni committees. In 1999, he served as chairman of the Little Three Golf Tournament. He was also an active member of the Gyro Club of Buffalo.

Along with visiting family and traveling abroad, he enjoyed golfing, spending time at the family cottage in Ridgeway, Ont., sailing and riding his Segway. An ardent debate practitioner, he was known to be the last participant at many family dinner discussions that usually centered around politics, music and proper use of grammar.

His wife, Mary Lou Jerominek Weil, died in 2006. Survivors include three sons, Gregory, Kevin and Paul, and two daughters, Kathleen Crissy and Amy Tassini.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Church, 47 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore.