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Phillip Colligan, retired Erie County accountant

Feb. 21, 1932 – Sept. 18, 2015

Phillip Colligan of West Seneca, a retired accountant for Erie County, died Friday in Elderwood Health Care, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, the son of award-winning Buffalo Evening News reporter Frank Colligan, he was a graduate of Orchard Park High School and earned a degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War, then enlisted in the Army in 1956 and served for two years.

Mr. Colligan began working in the county budget office in 1960 and in the 1980s was transferred to the Youth Bureau. He retired in 1991.

He was a member of West Seneca Lodge 1111, Free and Accepted Masons and enjoyed reading, travel and politics. He served on the board of directors of the Polka Variety Club.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth and James A.; three daughters, Suzanne, Brenda L. and Rosalynn; a brother, Michael F.; a special friend, Anne Sadowski; and three granddaughters.

A memorial service will be private.

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