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James A. McVay Sr., retired corrections officer

March 2, 1930 – May 11, 2016

James A. McVay Sr., of Cheektowaga, a retired state corrections officer, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and attended Buffalo State College.

Mr. McVay worked at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center before becoming a state corrections officer in 1970.

He was one of the first African-American officers to attain the rank of lieutenant at Gowanda Correctional Facility. He retired in 1996.

Active in St. Luke AME Zion Church, he served on several church committees. He received numerous awards and commendations for his professional and community service.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Irene Taylor; five daughters, Pamela Talbot, Camille Daniel, Janet Frazier, Joy and Denise; two sons, James Jr. and Jeffrey; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Monday in St. Luke AME Zion Church, 314 E. Ferry St.

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