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William R. Dann, champion squash player <br> April 28, 1926 -- Dec. 9, 2006

William R. Dann, a retired financial manager and champion squash player, died Saturday in his East Aurora home. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Dann was a graduate of Nichols School and earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1950. He served in the Navy as a quartermaster third class.

Mr. Dann joined Marine Midland Bank in Buffalo in 1962 and soon became a senior investment officer. He retired about 15 years ago as an estate and investment portfolio manager.

One of the inaugural members inducted into the Buffalo Squash Racquet Hall of Fame, he teamed with Nelson Graves to become one of the finest doubles teams in Western New York annals. They won seven city doubles titles and won titles in the 40-plus, 50-plus, 60-plus and 70-plus age divisions in the United States and Canada.

He also was five-time city singles champion for players 50 and over. For many years, he hosted the Lyman Bass competition, which involved most of the local clubs in Buffalo. He was a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club.

A bagpiper, he was a member the Caledonia Pipes & Drums. He and his family built a log cabin at the Pythonga Fish & Game Club in Quebec, where he was a member. He served on the board of directors of Old Fort Niagara.

He also founded and coached the lacrosse team at Park School of Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Marion "Taddy" Taylor; two sons, Jesse "Jake" C. and William "Mike" R. Jr.; and a brother, Alexander H.

Services will be private.


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