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Roger C. Nicholson, vice president at Merrill Lynch; April 5, 1935 -- June 22, 2012

Roger C. Nicholson, a longtime financial adviser from Williamsville, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Nicholson graduated from Amherst High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.

After the war, Mr. Nicholson went to college on the GI Bill, graduating from the University of Buffalo.

He sold lawn furniture at Sears until he got his first job as a financial adviser with the regional brokerage firm Common, Dann & Co.

He later worked for Shearson Hammill and then E.F. Hutton. In 1985, he became a first vice president at Merrill Lynch, where he continued to work until the time of his death.

Mr. Nicholson and his wife, Barbara, were married for 36 years. She died in 1995.

Mr. Nicholson, who spent his summers in Western New York and winters in Osprey, Fla., enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, traveling and piloting his own plane.

He served on the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western New York. He also was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo and the Oaks Club of Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Nicholson is survived by two daughters, Ann Nicholson Wright and Susan Egloff; three sons, Kevin, Michael and Stephen; and two sisters, Bernadine Howlett and Joan Schanley.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the University at Buffalo's Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road on the North Campus in Amherst.