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June 13, 1935 – March 27, 2013

George P. Steigauf, of Amherst and Chautauqua, a retired business owner, died Wednesday after becoming ill while staying at his winter home in South Carolina. He was 77.

Mr. Steigauf founded two companies – Maintenance & Management Associates Inc., a real estate management company, in 1979, and Eastern Energy Control Corp. in 1985. Eastern Energy was the first regional distributor of energy-saving 3M Window Film.

Born in Milwaukee, he was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Milwaukee and of Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Steigauf worked for 20 years for Pillsbury and was transferred to Buffalo in 1957 to serve as manager of the company’s distribution warehouse in Cheektowaga.

He left Pillsbury in 1974 to work for a building services and management company, then founded his own firm five years later.

Learning that 3M was looking a distributor, he established Eastern Energy, which later became a dealer for 3M Window Film.

Mr. Steigauf retired in 2001. One of his sons, George C. “Cardie,” heads Eastern Energy, and a daughter, Maripat Downey, operates Maintenance & Management Associates.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Chautauqua Point Golf Course, where he scored two holes-in-one. He also was a founding member of the Maplemere Tennis Club.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Kathleen Sheehan; two sons, Dean and George C.; and two daughters, Downey and Nancy Calzone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Thursday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.