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Joseph Michael Abate, former deputy chief inspector for State Police

July 14, 1934 - June 21, 2015

Joseph M. Abate, a former deputy chief inspector for the New York State Police, died at home in Orchard Park Sunday. He was 80.

A graduate of Canisius High School, he went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Canisius College.

He served in the U.S. Army and rose through the state police ranks when he started his 30-year career there as a trooper. He was sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, inspector, deputy chief inspector and administered the state police training academy.

During the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, he was in charge of security. When presidents traveled to Western New York, he managed their security details.

Mr. Abate was a devoted husband to Geraldine, his wife of 58 years. “They were still always by each other’s side. They were just a very beautiful couple to be with,” said Helen Abate, wife of Mr. Abate’s son David.

He was an avid gardener, boater and fisherman who took great joy in his sons and their families.

Mr. Abate is survived by his wife; a sister, Mary Pat Grimmer; a brother James; two other sons, Joseph and Jeffrey, and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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