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David K. Michael, retired sales manager

Sept. 20, 1942 – Sept. 2, 2015

David K. Michael, a retired sales manager for a medical company, died Wednesday after a two-year illness in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 72.

A Buffalo native and longtime Western New York resident, Mr. Michael was educated at Cheektowaga Junior High and graduated from the former Pine Hill High School in Cheektowaga in 1960. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1964.

Mr. Michael earned a master’s degree in education in 1968 from the University at Buffalo.

He taught in East Aurora High School on business subjects, and also coached some athletic teams at the school. He then worked at UB in the position of executive director for alumni affairs.

More recently, he worked for Mennen Medical Inc., a Buffalo medical company that is now part of the Greatbatch company, in medical sales and management. Mr. Michael retired in 2005.

In recent years, he spent part of the year in Florida.

He had many hobbies, including cooking, food and wine, music, travel, photography and gardening, and enjoyed fishing trips and cheering for his alma mater, the Seminoles of Florida State. He also enjoyed time with his grandchildren, making Christmas cookies and growing tomato plants.

In retirement, Mr. Michael shared his love of music, including presenting programs at nursing homes here and in Florida as “DJ Dave.”

His daughter, Nicole Michael, described her father as “enthusiastic and upbeat, always had the perfect song for the perfect moment and could identify with great gusto every old car that crossed his path. He made friends wherever he went, loved his family and lived his life with passion.”

His son, Derek Michael, died in 1989.

Survivors in addition to his daughter include a brother, Gregg Krajewski; his companion, Christie Scott; former wife, Judith Michael; and four grandchildren.

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