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ROBERT J. GUNNING SR., RETIRED BANK EXECUTIVE
NOV. 18, 1936 -- JULY 24, 2004

Robert J. Gunning Sr., a retired bank executive, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness. He was 67.

Born in Boston, he was a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1962.

Mr. Gunning moved from Massachusetts to the Buffalo area in 1962. He attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and Erie Community College.

He was an assistant vice president and a branch manager for Marine Midland Bank, now HSBC Bank USA, for 23 years before retiring in 1990.

For more than 30 years, he was a part-time bartender for Sports Service, which operates concessions, and at the time of his death was employed by the Hamburg Central School District as a monitor.

Mr. Gunning was a past president of the West Side Kiwanis Club and a recipient of the George F. Hixson Award for exemplary achievement. He also was a member of the Hamburg Kiwanis Club and was a past secretary and a past board member.

In addition, he was director of security for the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped for 10 years and was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Donna Hill Gunning; two sons, Robert J. Jr. of Derby and Joseph M. of Hamburg; two daughters, Mary E. of Cheektowaga and Stephanie Mateczun of West Seneca; four sisters, Barbara Conners of North Quincy, Mass., Patricia Miller of Pembroke, Mass., Theresa Gallagher of Norfolk, Mass., and Marie Goodrum of Sutersville, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, across from St. Francis High School, Athol Springs.

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