June 8, 1932 – Jan. 20, 2014
John P. Maley, a vice president and regional manager for a payroll services company, died unexpectedly Monday in his Clarence home. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1950 graduate of Canisius High School. At St. Bonaventure University, he served in ROTC and was elected president of the Student Senate and Ideal Man of the Year in 1954.
After a year at University of Buffalo Law School, he served for two years in the Army and six years in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of captain.
Returning from active duty, Mr. Maley applied to become an FBI agent and took a job in sales for IBM. Three years later, when the FBI accepted him, he had three children to support and was finding success at IBM. He was honored as salesman of the year in 1963.
He left IBM to start his own business, Maley & Thomas, a payroll services company, in 1972. After he sold it to Advanced Data Processing Co. two years later, he remained with the parent company as vice president and general manager for the Western New York region. He retired in 1996.
The father of 10, he moved from Kenmore to Clarence in the early 1970s and was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister. He also served on the Board of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Buffalo.
In retirement, he was active as a volunteer with the Bishop’s Council, Catholic Charities and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
He also was a practiced storyteller.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Geraldine Sherman; two daughters, Annmarie Lally and Margaret Pulli; seven sons, John Paul, Thomas, Robert, Brian, David, Kevin and Peter; 29 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.