Michael E. Regan, 88, a retired manager in the food-processing industry, died unexpectedly Saturday (Jan. 29, 2000) in his Williamsville home.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School, where he received the general excellence award. He was class secretary, played basketball and was active in debate and drama.
After working as a messenger for Republic Steel Corp. and a bookkeeper for a grain terminal on the Buffalo waterfront, in 1943 he joined Growers and Packers Cooperative Canning Co. in North Collins, later Silver Creek Preserving Co., where he was office manager and sales manager. He closed out product sales in 1983 and retired after the company was sold to Comstock Food Corp.
He served as president of the New York State Canners Association.
A former resident of North Collins and Hamburg, Regan was head of the building fund drive for Holy Spirit Catholic Church and School in North Collins in 1958. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Holy Name Society at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Hamburg. He moved to Williamsville three years ago.
He enjoyed reading, television, photography, politics and following the commodity markets.
He and his wife, the former Elsie Bender, were married in 1941.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Michael J. of West Bloomfield, Mich., Kevin J. of Libertyville, Ill., and James P. of Novi, Mich.; three daughters, Mary Pat Harvey of Walled Lake, Mich., Theresa Ann Ray of Clarence and Elizabeth Helen Simmons of Royal Oak, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville, after prayers at 9 in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder.