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Frederick R. Dentinger, insurance consultant and local civic leader

April 30, 1927 – April 8, 2014

Besides spending decades in the insurance business, Frederick R. Dentinger, of Amherst, was firmly engaged in a wide array of local civic endeavors that ranged from serving as chairman of the former Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce to president of the Buffalo Bills Monday Quarterback Club.

Mr. Dentinger died Tuesday in the Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster following a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Technical High School and later Canisius College, where he majored in finance and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While attending college, Mr. Dentinger worked for the old International Railway Co., servicing and testing buses.

Nearing the conclusion of World War II, he served in the Navy and was stationed in the Pacific. He was called back during the Korean War and spent seven months in Korea aboard the USS William R. Rush, a destroyer.

Mr. Dentinger spent five decades in the insurance business, first with Aetna and then the Buffalo Fire Office, which he joined in 1955.

He became an officer of the company in 1957 and president in 1979.

In 2001, the company merged with Brown and Brown, after which he served as an insurance consultant for Humphrey and Vandervoort.

As part of his civic life, Mr. Dentinger lent his leadership talents to WNED-TV, FM and AM Radio as chairman of the Western New York Broadcasting Foundation.

He also was past president of the former National Conference of Christians and Jews; a past chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal; a former member of the Holy Angels Academy board of directors; past president of the Buffalo Jaycees and former local chairman of the Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve program, among many other boards and committees.

In 1971, Mr. Dentinger received the Civic Award of Greater Buffalo from the Association of Insurance Agents and the Knights of St. Gregory Catholic Church Lay Award.

His wife of 44 years, Annette M. Saele Dentinger, died in December 2002.

He is survived by two sons, William F. and James F.; a daughter, Mary Ellen Carocci; and eight grandchildren

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.

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