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Raymond W. Manuszewski, retired bank executive

Jan. 24, 1925 – June 26, 2016

Raymond W. Manuszewski, a retired Buffalo bank executive, died Sunday in Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Matthews, N.C. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1942 graduate of Canisius High School and served in the Navy, assigned to the Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II. Returning from service, he graduated from Canisius College in 1951 and the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1960.

Mr. Manuszewski began his banking career in 1953 as a member of the management training program at Marine Trust Co. and held numerous executive roles. He later became chairman of the board and regional president for Manufacturers Hanover NA Western. After retiring, he joined Freed Maxick Sachs & Murphy, where he chaired the Financing and Credit Consultation Group.

He was a former chairman of the Erie County Partnership and chairman of the board of trustees at the former St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital.

He also was a member of the board of trustees at Canisius High School, a member of the Board of Education for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, a member of the Board of Regents for Canisius College, a director of the Automobile Club of Western New York, a member of the State Board of Public Accountancy, and a trustee and treasurer of the Client’s Security Fund, State of New York.

A longtime Cheektowaga resident, he was a longtime parishioner at Infant of Prague Catholic Church and was inducted into the Bishop’s Council of the Laity in a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Lancaster Country Club for more than 50 years and twice served as president. He also was an active member of the Cayuga Heights Holding Corp.

A gifted accordion player as a boy, he performed as a professional musician on the radio and played in numerous dance bands as an adult.

In 2014, he moved to Charlotte, N.C., to near family.

His wife of 56 years, the former Lorraine Kleister, died in 2007.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Skop and Claudia Miles; two brothers, Robert and Donald; two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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