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William F. Donohue, life insurance agent for K of C; Jan. 21, 1933 -- Dec. 19, 2011

William F. Donohue, a longtime life insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus, died Monday in his Amherst home. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a lifelong area resident and also kept a summer family residence in Point Abino, Ont., until 2010.

Mr. Donohue graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed stateside in the mid-1950s.

He was married to the former Patricia L. Lewis for 43 years. She died in 1998.

In 1965, he began working in this area as a life insurance agent for the New Haven, Conn.-based Knights of Columbus. He worked in insurance for 33 years until 1998, when he retired.

Mr. Donohue was committed to his family -- often taking them boating and sharing in the joy of an extensive backyard garden at his Amherst home. A daughter, Kathleen Behan, said he chose not to golf because it would take too much time away from his family.

"He was a very family-oriented man. We all went boating together, and he had a miniature farm in his backyard, with all kinds of fruit and vegetables," Behan said. "His hobbies all surrounded the family."

Mr. Donohue was a longtime member of the Buffalo Canoe Club, the Knights of Columbus and a former lector and lay minister at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Survivors include his second wife, Nancy Allaire-Donohue; three other daughters, Patricia Burns, Constance Lalonde and Karen Hoerner; and a sister, Joan Rahn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

[K/ROBINSON]

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