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John J. Stasio, retired financial consultant

March 16, 1943 – Sept. 7, 2015

John J. Stasio, a retired financial consultant and vice president with Merrill Lynch, died in his Williamsville home Sept. 7 after a short illness. He was 72.

A standout basketball player in his youth, he was a starter on the varsity team at Canisius High School for four years and was the first from the school to score more than 1,000 points. He led the Crusaders to the Manhattan Cup title in his junior year. He was captain of the team as a senior when it won the league regular season championship.

He was a member of the All-Catholic team in his junior and senior years and received many awards. A 1961 graduate of the school, he was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

He went on to play varsity basketball for four years at Xavier University. He graduated from Xavier in 1964 and received his master’s degree in business administration there in 1965.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Stasio attended School 19 and began his basketball career at the West Side Boys Club.

He had a 39-year career as a financial adviser and vice president with Merrill Lynch, retiring in 2007.

He maintained a second home in Jupiter, Fla.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Maureen Eberl, and a daughter, Melissa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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