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EDWIN H. BANCK, RAN CONSTRUCTION FIRM

A memorial service for Edwin H. Banck, 83, retired construction company operator and window manufacturer, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Chapel, 895 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Banck, who was born in Buffalo, died Sept. 13, 2001, in a Bradenton, Fla., nursing home after a long illness. He died one day before his 61st wedding anniversary.

He served in World War II as an Army Air Forces crew chief.

He began his business, E.H. Banck Construction Co., in 1956 with one employee. It grew to be the largest home improvement company in Western New York and employed more than 70 people by the time he sold it in 1991.

Banck also manufactured windows and was known for manufacturing "arctic windows" in his manufacturing facility in Cheektowaga.

In his youth, Banck was ranked second in the nation in handball and was a state wrestling champion.

But he was best-known for encouraging a son, Bobby, to play tennis. His son went on to win five national titles in junior tennis and then to play professionally. His son later became a tennis coach to Jimmy Arias and Monica Seles, among others, and remains a consultant to Seles.

Banck belonged to Lancaster Country Club, the YMCA and Buffalo Athletic Club. He was a Shriner. He loved to play golf and tennis.

He lived in Cheektowaga for many years before moving to Williamsville in 1970. He moved to Florida in 2000.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marie Maeder; three daughters, Linda of Cheektowaga, Sandy Cavalieri of Williamsville and Jo Ann Beaver of Tonawanda; two sons, Edward of Cheektowaga and Bobby of Bradenton; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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