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Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., 51, chiropractor with a passion for hockey

Aug. 12, 1965 – July 24, 2017

Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., of Williamsville, a chiropractor for more than 20 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School, where he played varsity baseball, football and hockey. He attended the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State, where he was a forward on the hockey team, and earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

He also played for the hockey team at Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Ga., where he graduated magna cum laude in 1994.

He established the Bianchi Pain Relief Institute on Union Road in Cheektowaga in 1994, offering holistic treatment for pain as an alternative to surgery and medication.

After starting his practice, he stopped playing hockey and “became a professional spectator of his children,” his wife, Susan, said.

He traveled throughout the United States and Europe with his son, also a forward, who played three seasons of junior league hockey. He frequently attended youth hockey games at local rinks. He also enjoyed golfing and took part in tournaments with his daughters.

He and his wife, the former Susan Meyer, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on June 29.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Hanna and Tessa; a son, Austin; and a sister, Christine Opera.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Friday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

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