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Paul J. DeMartinis, active in local baseball

Sept. 16, 1955 – Sept. 4, 2015

Paul J. DeMartinis, active in local baseball, died Friday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a short illness. He was 59.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. DeMartinis graduated from Bishop Fallon High School in 1973 and from Canisius College with a degree in business management in 1977. He and Margaret L. “Peggy” Honer were married in 1979.

Mr. DeMartinis was director of sales and marketing for Medco Supply Co., which provides sports medicine supplies to athletic trainers.

He served two terms on the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification Board of Directors, including one term as treasurer.

Mr. DeMartinis played Buffalo MUNY baseball for the North Side Giants in the 1970s and coached his sons in Mel Ott Little League and the Bud Bakewell Bruins hockey league. He was a Buffalo Bisons season ticket holder since 1988, and in 2006 was named the team’s Fan of the Year.

He also was a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder for all but one year since 1973. In 1977 he received the Ken Walls Award for outstanding service to Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. In 2012 he received the Dan Libera Service Award for outstanding service to the Trainers Association. He was recognized this year by the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Committee.

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society last week announced the Paul DeMartinis Scholarship Fund to benefit minor league athletic trainers and PBATS internship candidates.

Mr. DeMartinis was an avid collector of vintage vinyl records.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by a daughter, Maria; two sons, Brian and Mark; and a brother, William.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Buffalo.

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