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Patrick J. Mangan Jr., retired Buffalo firefighter, labor leader

Sept. 27, 1927 - Jan. 28, 2017

Patrick Mangan Jr. of Hamburg died Jan. 28 following a short illness. He was 89.

A native of South Buffalo, Mr. Mangan attended Buffalo Technical High School and graduated from South Park High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 following high school, and he served with the Corps of Engineers in the Philippines, Japan and Okinawa.

After returning from service, Mr. Mangan attended the University at Buffalo, before moving to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Agriculture in aerial photography. In 1952 he was appointed to the Buffalo Fire Department, where he remained for 25 years. While in the fire department he became active in the Firefighters Union Local 282, and he eventually was elected president. During his tenure he furthered his labor education at national and local universities. He was also a guest lecturer at UB.

Mr. Mangan was elected first district vice president of the International Association of Firefighters, vice president of the New York State Firefighters Association, vice president of the Buffalo Port Council of the Maritime Trades and a delegate to the Buffalo and New York State AFL-CIO.

He wrote the original draft of the compulsory and binding arbitration section of the New York State Taylor Law for public employees for fire and police. He was an expert in the early stages of the law and taught other unions about it. He also authored the Public Employee Department section under the National AFL-CIO Charter.

Mr. Mangan was named the area's "Labor Man of the Year" in 1974 and was included in the 1977 edition of Who's Who in Labor publication. Congressman Jack Kemp also had him entered in the Congressional Record as an outstanding firefighter and labor leader.

He was a member of various organizations, including the Buffalo Firefighters Union Local 282, Buffalo Retired Firefighters Association, Buffalo Fire Historical Society, American Legion Post 527, VFW Post 1419 and Rutgers Labor Alumni Association. He was poet laureate of the Blackthorn Club and was a commissioned Kentucky Colonel.

He traveled frequently with his wife through North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Mr. Mangan is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ann; son Patrick; daughter Lizabeth Anne Cavey; step-daughters Mary Jean Regoli and Ellen Beth Hughes and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

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