Nov. 1, 1927 – Feb. 22, 2014
Chauncey C. Kennedy Jr., a retired Buffalo bank executive, died Feb. 22 in his home in Ponte Vedra, Fla. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Exeter Academy, Princeton University and the University of Buffalo. After graduating from college, he served as a Navy aviator from 1952 to 1955 as a member of Squadron VF-84, and he was a Naval Reserve officer until 1966.
Mr. Kennedy joined the training program at Marine Midland Bank in 1955, and in 1960 he became assistant manager of public relations. He became an assistant vice president in 1962 in the bank’s Metropolitan Division and was promoted to vice president in 1965.
In 1970, he became manager of Marine’s National Department, which handled business with other banks and corporations throughout the country. The following year he was named to head the bank’s newly formed Operations Department. He became vice president in charge of purchasing for Marine Midland Banks in 1974 and retired in the late 1970s.
Known as “Chan” to his friends, he was a longtime member of the Country Club of Buffalo, the Pythonga Fish and Game Club, the Saturn Club and the Plantation Golf Club in Ponte Vedra.
He was an outstanding golfer and fisherman and a voracious reader with a passion for history.
Endowment funds were established in his name at Exeter Academy and Nichols School.
A former Amherst resident, he moved to Hilton Head, S.C., in the 1980s and to Florida in the 1990s, returning every year to spend summers in Buffalo.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Pam McCarthy; a son, Michael; four daughters, Lucie Desautels, Kim Cardwell, Lissa Workman and Sharon; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.