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Raymond J. Hennessy Sr., businessman, coach

July 27, 1945 – May 5, 2016

Raymond J. Hennessy Sr. of Hamburg, president and co-owner of an independent medical examination service, died unexpectedly Thursday in Columbia, S.C., where he had gone to attend his eldest granddaughter’s graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore West High School and attended Santa Ana College in California.

Mr. Hennessy was a hearing representative for Firemen’s Fund Insurance Co. in Buffalo from 1967 to 1983, when he joined Kemper Insurance in Williamsville. At Kemper, he was a senior workers’ compensation adjustor and a workers’ compensation hearing supervisor. He retired in 2003.

In 2006, he and his son, Sean, started Superior Medical Consultants LLC, based in Webster. He oversaw quality assurance and marketing.

A standout baseball pitcher in his youth, he led his school team through three undefeated seasons. He continued playing in amateur leagues here and in California, where he was invited to the Los Angeles Angels training camp. He played again after he returned here, then began a 40-year career as a baseball and basketball coach.

Mr. Hennessy was a baseball coach for West Seneca Youth Baseball for 10 years, 14 Holy Helpers School for seven years, St. Francis High School for five years, Canisius College for 13 years and the Muny AAA Suburban League Lake View Sox for nine years. At the time of his death, he was coach of the Christian Central Academy boys’ varsity team.

At the same time, he was basketball coach for St. Francis High School for 20 years, Canisius College for 10 years, Cardinal O’Hara High School for three years and Park School for two years.

He was a board member of the Western New York Umpires Association for 17 years and a director for parochial school baseball for 18 years.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Kathline M. Cote; three sons, Raymond J. Jr., Sean M. and Brian P.; two daughters, Quinn M. and Erin K. Peters; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.

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