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Michael Marino, Lovejoy community volunteer

Sept. 19, 1951 – July 26, 2014

Michael Marino, of South Wales, an active volunteer in the Lovejoy community, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Marino was a graduate of Hutchinson- Central Technical High School.

He worked in the family business, Marino Games, which produced local-themed games such as “The Blizzard of ’77” and “The Chicken Wing Game.”

During the 1980s and 1990s, he served as president of East Lovejoy Junior Baseball League, reorganizing the league – allowing girls to participate, adding Tee-ball for young players and expanding softball to several age levels and launching a program for seniors.

Mr. Marino volunteered for the United Way’s Advisory Board for Lovejoy Elderly and Youth (ABLEY). He drove a service van and helped elderly residents run errands or go to doctor appointments. He also volunteered as a driver for youth field trips and oversaw the printing and distribution of the ABLEY community newspaper.

He enjoyed playing bocce, was a Buffalo Bills fan and organized bus trips to home games. He also was a member of the Buffalo Homing Pigeon Club and Tropical Fish Club of Erie County.

Mr. Marino, who also had lived in Marilla, enjoyed farming.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Kathryn Cox; two daughters, Josephine Beeman and Elizabeth; five sons, Paul, Michael Jr., Patrick, Christopher and William; a brother, Charles; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, 135 N. Ogden St., Buffalo.

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