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Michael J. Patanella, retired Buffalo police officer; Dec. 12, 1952 -- Aug. 25, 2011

Michael J. Patanella, a retired Buffalo police officer, died Thursday at Erie County Medical Center after a nine-month battle with lung and brain cancer. He was 58.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Patanella lived in Alden since 1995.

He attended Holy Angels Grammar School and was a 1970 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, where he was a star football player. Mr. Patanella was a member and MVP of the 1970 All High football team.

In 1972, he joined the Buffalo Police Department, initially as a patrol officer, and later with the Motorcycle Unit, the Accident Investigations Unit and the department's Drunken Driving Task Force. He retired from the police force in 2002.

Mr. Patanella was a member of the Retired Buffalo Police Officers's Clam Club. He was voted into the Buffalo Public School's Harvard Cup Hall of Fame in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his mother, Eleanor; and three brothers, Justin, David and Joseph.

A mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo.