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VANCE, Dr. John

VANCE - Dr. John W., MD
September 10, 1927 - September 18, 2013. Dr. John (Jack) Vance was called to glory by God on September 18, 2013. Jack died at his home on Holloway Bay, Canada surrounded by family with the sound of waves in his ears and the early morning breeze on his face. He was 86 years old. Dr. Vance graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School in 1951. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in 1953, he served as a flight surgeon and Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He then completed a three-year fellowship and M.S. degree in Pulmonary Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. In 1958 he returned to Buffalo to start his practice of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. He became Section Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at Millard Fillmore Hospital in 1968 where he served in this capacity with distinction until his retirement in 1998. Jack was a highly respected clinician and pulmonologist as well as a brilliant teacher. He was continuously sought after by staff physicians and medical residents because of his professional skills. His medical grand rounds at Millard Fillmore Hospital were legendary. He was the legal expert witness in most asbestos related cases in this area and toward the end of his career he also practiced in Stuart, Florida. Dr. Vance was past president of the Millard Fillmore Medical Staff as well as President of the New York Chapter American College of Chest Physicians and Chairman of its Board of Governors. He was also a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 40 years and best friend Diane Vance; eight children, Katherine (Gregory) Hill, Linda (Brian) Linton, John (Robyne), Paul (Beth), Valerie, Heather Teeter, Jeff (Cheryl) and Carol (Paul) Christie-Dell. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jack was an accomplished sailor, handyman and advocate of health and fitness. He enjoyed extensive travel with his wife, children and grandchildren. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of his Life will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Avenue on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 AM. Friends are welcome to join the family immediately following the ceremony at 346 Woodbridge Avenue. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the American Lung Association (

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