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Daniel S. Workman Jr., banker, served the East Side community
June 13, 1944 -- April 21, 2007

His job was banker.

But Daniel S. Workman Jr.'s avocation was finding ways to help make Buffalo a better place, especially struggling communities on the city's East Side.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Workman, a retired vice president and regional community investment officer for M&T Bank, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 555 Northampton St.

He died Saturday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness.

A city resident, Mr. Workman won numerous awards for helping a wide variety of organizations on the East Side, said Sister Philip Marie Cirincione, pastoral associate at St. Martin de Porres.

She described Mr. Workman as a humble, unselfish man who was always willing to pitch in and help, without seeking accolades for his service.

"I knew this man for 40 years, and he's going to be very sorely missed by many people," Sister Philip Marie said. "He was a banker who was always willing to help people and organizations in our neighborhoods."

"He believed in the people of Buffalo, and the only credit he ever wanted was seeing things get done in the city," said Mr. Workman's wife of 41 years, the former Joanne Hill.

Last year, St. Martin de Porres named Mr. Workman its Man of the Year, the bank named him Manager of the Year, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership named him Minority Volunteer of the Year. This year, he received the Buffalo NAACP's human relations award for outstanding community service.

He was a director of the Community Action Information Center and Catholic Charities. He was also active with the NAACP, the MADD DADS, the Catholic Diocese Board of Education, the Catholic Central Board, the Oshei Foundation and other organizations.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Workman retired last year after 32 years with the bank. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and graduate of Bishop Timon High School, the University of the Philippines and the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Workman played the piano, loved music and was known for teaching line dancing to fellow parishioners at St. Martin de Porres Church.

He took a five-year leave of absence from the bank to serve as a deputy special assistant to Hugh Carey, who was governor of New York from 1975 until 1983.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Workman is survived by a daughter, Latrise; a son, Daniel III; a sister, Rita Workman Alleyne; and four brothers, Vincent, Ronald, Rudolph and Warren.


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