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Edward Groff, tavern owner, hospitality worker; March 2, 1945 - June 23, 2012

Edward Groff of Lockport, a former tavern owner who had a lengthy career in the hospitality industry, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 67.

Born in Lockport, Mr. Groff was a 1963 graduate of Lockport Senior High School. After spending a few years in Istanbul, where he worked for General Dynamics, Mr. Groff worked approximately 45 years in the hospitality industry.

He spent almost 15 years as proprietor of Groff's Tavern and worked at Brookfield Country Club in Clarence.

Mr. Groff had played trumpet for the Lockport Blazers marching band. Early in his professional career, he served as an alderman in the City of Lockport.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lucia Savino; a daughter, Margot Bailey; a son, Brad; a brother, Thomas; and two sisters, Marcia Wolfe and Brenda Randolph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in All Saints Parish Oratory, 391 Market St., Lockport