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Phillip E. Vance, longtime financial planner, underwriter

Dec. 15, 1943 – Jan. 31, 2015

Phillip E. Vance of Orchard Park, a financial planner for 48 years with Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance LLC, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a four-month battle with cancer. He was 71.

Born in Salamanca, Mr. Vance moved to the Buffalo area, where he attended Williamsville High School. He then went to Fayetteville-Manlius School in central New York and graduated in 1966 from Alfred University with a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in business administration. Mr. Vance also played guard on the college’s basketball team, the Alfred Saxons. In 1966, he was named to “Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.”

Shortly after graduation, he joined the firm that would become Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance. In 1995, Mr. Vance earned the designation Chartered Life Underwriter. He consistently achieved “Top 50” for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Mr. Vance was known for his charismatic personality, and throughout his years he touched many lives.

“He will be remembered for his love of family, his kindness and generosity, and his sense of humor,” said Phillip Vance, his oldest son.

Mr. Vance was a proficient sailor and enjoyed golf at the Country Club of Buffalo in Amherst. In 2014, he told his friends he had played more than 100 rounds of golf. Many of those early morning rounds were played before he went to work – sometimes instead of going to work, his family recalled.

A sports enthusiast, Mr. Vance was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He also cheered for his children at their sporting events.

“We could hear him from the sidelines and we were always encouraged to do our best,” said a daughter, Lindsay.

Mr. Vance also dedicated many hours to community organizations, including travel youth basketball leagues and the James Lilley Baseball League in East Aurora.

He and his wife of 22 years, the former Cynthia E. Wilmoth, were avid travelers who trekked to Peru and the Galapagos Islands. In 1997, they visited New Zealand and Fiji. Mr. Vance was a member of the Buffalo Club, the Country Club of Buffalo and the Ellicottville Ski Club.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Phillip K., Jeffrey and Jack; two daughters, Lindsay and Julie; a sister, Merrilee Doyle; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in Montante Cultural Center, Canisius College, 2001 Main St.

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