June 8, 1947 – Nov. 10, 2012

Michael McCabe, a retired teacher who was well known throughout South Buffalo’s social and athletic communities, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 65.

Known for what his children called a “caring nature and remarkable ability to lead by example,” Mr. McCabe lived in South Buffalo all his life. He was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and the University at Buffalo.

In 1972, while a teacher at Buffalo School 12, Mr. McCabe won widespread recognition for running into a nearby burning house to rescue a baby. Although the child later died, his efforts were lauded in a letter from President Richard M. Nixon.

Later in life, while jogging home from teaching, Mr. McCabe found a paper bag containing $5,000 lying in the snow on Abbott Road in South Buffalo. Rather than keep it, his children recalled, he placed an ad in The Buffalo News seeking its rightful owner, who later claimed it at a police station.

Mr. McCabe was an avid runner and former longtime commissioner of the St. Martin’s Athletic Club. He was the former owner of McCabe’s Discount Liquors on South Park Avenue, as well as a Democratic committeeman and enthusiastic sailor aboard his boat, The Irish Wake, at RCR Marina.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Maureen Dunford; four sons, Michael, Sean, Christopher and Bret; and a daughter, Mollie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.