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Rev. Mr. John G. Wick, permanent deacon

Dec. 5, 1924 – April 16, 2015

The Rev. Mr. John G. Wick, a permanent deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Thursday in Asbury Pointe, Getzville, following a short illness. He was 90.

Mr. Wick was a Buffalo native and a 1942 graduate of Canisius High School. He graduated from the Notre Dame Midshipman School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II as skipper of a landing craft tank.

After the war, Mr. Wick graduated from Canisius College in 1949 and the University of Buffalo Law School in 1952.

In addition to his 50 years practicing law, Mr. Wick was president of Merchants Insurance Group for 10 years and was a director of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., Liberty Bank, Norstar Bank, Fleet Bank and The Buffalo Evening News.

Mr. Wick also was director and chairman of the AAA of Western New York and the Automobile Association of New York, and was a director of the National AAA. He was chairman of the 1964 Catholic Charities Appeal.

He also served as a trustee for Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Canisius High School and Canisius College.

Ordained as a permanent deacon in 1989, Mr. Wick served as deacon at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Clarence for more than 20 years and for the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Carmelite Convent and the residents of Asbury Pointe. He was the recipient of two papal knighthoods – the Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and the Knighthood of St. Gregory.

His wife, the former Audrey Frieh, died in 2010.

Survivors include four daughters, Susan Wilson, Barbara Finn, Mary Anne Baker and Sharon Wick; a son, John Jr.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence.

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