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Eugene ‘Geno’ Graves, bank information tech specialist

April 9, 1950 – April 17, 2016

Eugene “Geno” Graves, of North Buffalo, a bank information technology specialist, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Born in Newark, N.J., he interned at the Newark Prudential Technology program after graduating from high school, learned computer keypunching and took a position with Marine Midland Bank in Manhattan.

Upon receiving his Army draft notice in 1969, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as an air traffic controller at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada during the Vietnam War with the rank of sergeant.

Returning to Marine Midland after his discharge in 1975, he was transferred to Buffalo, where he held several positions in the bank’s computer operations. He retired from HSBC Bank in 2014 as a vice president and business systems consultant.

Mr. Graves served on the board of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, where his son, Aaron, who died in 1999, was an honor roll student and played on the basketball team. He also coached boys’ basketball at Mount St. Joseph Academy and girls’ basketball at Buffalo Seminary.

He enjoyed traveling, movies and exotic cars.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Michele Ann O’Connor; a son, Johnathan; a brother, Alex Jr.; a sister, Cynthia; and a granddaughter.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.