Nov. 20, 1924 – March 12, 2016
Edgar Francis Shanahan, of Williamsville, a retired supermarket owner, died Saturday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 91.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Canisius College. He served in the Marine Corps as a heavy equipment operator, attaining the rank of private first class.
Mr. Shanahan began working in the grocery business in 1954 as a salesman for T.A. Buscaglia Equipment Co., which was part of a joint venture with Niagara Frontier Services. After Niagara Frontier Services established the Tops Markets supermarket chain, he opened a Tops franchise market on Kenmore Avenue, which he operated from 1972 to 1981. He often could be found bagging groceries for customers in the express line.
He went on to operate a Bells supermarket on Dick Road in Depew and the Bells Bazaar Supermarket on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired in 1992.
He was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and was president of the Parish Council. A member of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Men’s Sustaining Society Board, every year he donated to the board 10 percent of the proceeds of one Saturday’s sales at the Kenmore Avenue supermarket.
An avid golfer, he was a member of the Cherry Hill Country Club.
His wife, the former Patricia Mary Walsh, died in 2008.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel and Michael; three daughters, Sally Shanahan Rishel, Mary Jo Shanahan Morris and Patricia Shanahan Dobmeier; two brothers, Robert and Thomas; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.