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Albert R. Kavanaugh, HR director, musician

May 29, 1936 – March 31, 2014

Albert R. Kavanaugh, of West Seneca, a retired human resource director, died Monday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg. He was 77.

Born in Rochester, he was a talented young musician and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fredonia State College. He went on to receive a master’s degree in administration from the University of Illinois.

In 1960, he was accepted into the elite United States Marine Band, known as the President’s Own, first as a clarinet player and later as a saxophonist.

Between 1960 and 1964, he performed at ceremonial occasions for Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He took part in the funeral procession following Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

Returning from the Marine Corps, Mr. Kavanaugh, widely known as Bert, became human resource director for Security Trust, a Rochester-area bank, and held the post for 21 years until it merged with Norstar Bank.

After a year as human resource director at First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Rochester, he came to the Buffalo area in 1987, first serving as human resource director at Sisters Hospital, then as head of human resources at St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga. He retired in 2000.

A resident of Holland until he moved to West Seneca about five years ago, he and his wife enjoyed dancing and toured the Finger Lakes and Western New York side by side on motorcycles for 20 years. An avid amateur radio operator, his call letters were WA2CTC.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Gail J. Whitehead; three sons, Dean A., Duane O. and Darren P.; a daughter, Donna Reilly; a brother, Glen; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main St., East Aurora.

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