John F. Gogan of West Seneca, a Korean War veteran and Fleet Bank vice president who was active in his church and community, died Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Gogan was a graduate of Canisius High School and a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Aldebaran.
Mr. Gogan began his banking career in 1955 as a teller with Liberty National Bank, which later became Fleet, in West Seneca. He worked at several branches, including Orchard Park and Delaware North locations. As vice president of Fleet, Mr. Gogan was responsible primarily for the West Seneca branch. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Gogan was an active member at St. John Vianney and Queen of Heaven parishes and was a leader in the Catholic Youth Council and Catholic Youth Organization. He also was a member of the Holy Name Society and Parish Council and served as a lector for many years. Mr. Gogan was a member of West Seneca Lions Club and for many years volunteered in the Kids Day newspaper sales fundraiser for Women & Children's Hospital.
He was president of West Seneca Chamber of Commerce in 1970 and Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce in 1987, and was responsible for reviving the town's Quaker Days celebration.
As a teenager, Mr. Gogan was named mayor of Buffalo for a day and served as a delegate to the National Catholic Welfare Conference. He also was one of 300 delegates from 28 countries sent to the International Youth Conference in post-war England.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Gogan was chairman of the United Fund/United Way of West Seneca and was active in the Boy Scouts Council of Buffalo.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Louise Solomon; two sons, John Jr. and Joseph; a daughter, Catherine; a brother, James; and two sisters, Joan Coughlin and Mary Kapuscinski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.