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Alan E. Cheskin, investment adviser Oct. 3, 1944 -- Dec. 25, 2005

Alan E. Cheskin, a former Buffalo area investment adviser, died Sunday in Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, after a lengthy illness. He was 61.

He was a partner in Robshaw & Cheskin Associates, an Amherst investment advisory firm, for 20 years. Well known for his knowledge of the markets and investment strategy, he frequently was quoted in the media.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of School 66, Bennett High School and the University at Buffalo. He was an investment adviser at M&T Bank before starting his own firm in 1980.

A former resident of Amherst and East Amherst, he moved to Baltimore in 2000 when his wife was named to a position at Johns Hopkins University. He continued to work as a consultant and financial researcher in retirement.

The son of popular Buffalo bandleader Dave Cheskin, he managed the band for a time after his father's death in 1974.

A soccer coach whose famous phrase of encouragement was, "Get in the game," he helped establish the AIM Cup soccer tournament for youth here.

Mr. Cheskin was a former officer and trustee of Temple Beth
Zion, a former officer of the Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York and a former president of the Bond Club of Buffalo.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Barbara Blatt; a son, Garr of Los Angeles; two daughters, Trisha Winkler of Baltimore and Cara Nirenberg of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Gilbert "Gibby" of Amherst; and a granddaughter.

Services were today in Sol Levinson & Brothers Funeral Home, Pikesville, Md. Burial was in Chizuk Amuno Congregation Cemetery, Baltimore.


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