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Gerald Choinski, 83, retired insurance executive

Jan. 15, 1934 – Aug. 11, 2017

Gerald “Jerry” Choinski, of Grand Island, Fla., a retired Buffalo insurance executive, died Friday in The Villages Hospice House, The Villages, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Returning from service, he worked as an insurance salesman. He became an executive with R.F. Pleu Insurance, then went to Lawley Insurance in 1977, where he was vice president. He retired in 1999.

A former member of the Variety Club of Buffalo, he was chairman in 1985, leading a campaign which raised $1.2 million for Women and Children’s Hospital. He was the Variety Club Man of the Year in 1988.

A longtime Cheektowaga resident, he was a former member of the Buffalo Curling Club and was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Following his retirement, he moved to Florida.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Lucille Forgecte; two sons, Thomas and William; three daughters, Elizabeth, Jeanne McGuire and Amy Wynne; and 10 grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Sunlake Community Center, 1045 Great Lakes Blvd., Grand Island, Fla.

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