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John E. Tigue, 79, a retired insurance executive, died Friday (Feb. 23, 2001) in his Amherst home.

A former New York City resident, he attended the Famous Players School as a child and appeared in "Our Gang" comedies. He moved to Buffalo in 1941.

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served in the Paratroopers and Engineers Division and was wounded during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

A past commander of two Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, he served as senior vice commander of the Erie County VFW Council, of which he was a member for more than 50 years.

He also was a member of Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Navy League of the United States.

He was past president of the Western New York Accident and Health Association and served on the National Advisory Board of two major insurance companies.

He was a past president of Maplemere PTA and the Principals Council on Understanding Children.

He was a former member of the Erie County Development Board and the board of trustees of Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Tigue was a lecturer on various topics throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and author of several books.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Noreen Kimberly Sawyer; a son, Dr. John; a daughter, Patricia K. Stachura; a sister, Dolly McTigue; and two grandchildren, all of Amherst.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Entombment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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