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Nicholas Gentile, retired Merrill Lynch executive

July 26, 1931 – May 3, 2015

Nicholas Gentile, a retired senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, died Sunday in his Williamsville home after a long illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he joined the Navy after graduating from Buffalo Technical High School and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway in the Atlantic. He attained the rank of petty officer second class.

He joined the Buffalo office of Merrill Lynch in 1958 as a trader, then became an account executive, a financial adviser and office manager.

He then was named office manager in Syracuse and was subsequently promoted to a regional manager in Pennsylvania, where he oversaw operations in 12 offices. He retired in 1993 and returned to the Buffalo area.

“Everybody loved him. He had such a great attitude,” said his longtime colleague Edwin Polokoff. “He was so popular he was asked to speak at offices around the country on what to do to become a successful broker. He was a father figure to so many brokers. Everybody knew Nick Gentile.”

Mr. Gentile enjoyed traveling and sports. An avid golfer, he was a member of Transit Valley Country Club. He also was an original Buffalo Bills season ticket holder.

He was a former board member of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation. In 2012, he received an award from the Buffalo branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

His wife of 49 years, the former Nancy Bonadio, died in 2004. He was remarried to the former Susan Marinaccio.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Donna M. Curry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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