March 1, 1923 – Jan. 3, 2013
Ralph Kay, a former vice president of Western New York Savings Bank, died Jan. 3 in Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., after a short illness. He was 89.
Mr. Kay was born in Plainfield, Conn., and settled in the Buffalo area in 1946 following his honorable discharge as a night fighter in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
He lived in and around Buffalo for most of his life but most recently had been living with his son Thomas in Stillwater, Minn.
Mr. Kay worked for more than 20 years as a designer, a chief specification writer and field construction supervisor with Duane Lyman and Associate Architects. In 1968, he joined Western New York Savings Bank and became vice president for real estate and property management, overseeing the construction and management for the bank’s main and 13 branch offices.
During his career, he served as president and director of the Western New York Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute, was chairman of the United Way’s Engineering Division and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Erie Community College Committee of Business Curriculum at the school’s City Campus.
Mr. Kay served as director of the Ellicott Club Association and, as an avid sailor, served on several committees of the Buffalo Yacht Club.
“It was all about Buffalo for him,” said his son Tracy, of Philadelphia, who noted how much his father loved and cared deeply for the city. “I’ve been wearing my Dad’s ‘Buffalo – We’re Talking Proud’ lapel pin in his honor and in memory of the great time spent with him growing up in Buffalo.”
Mr. Kay is survived by two sons, Thomas and Tracy.
Plans for a memorial service in the Buffalo area have yet to be arranged.