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May 12, 1951 – July 12, 2013

Stephen P. Washburn, a retired Buffalo police officer who became vice president of security at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, died unexpectedly Friday in his Hamburg home. He was 62.

Mr. Washburn was born in Lackawanna and graduated in 1969 from Riverside High School in Buffalo, where he was a top athlete.

He served on active duty in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. Then he served in the Reserve until 1975.

During the war, he was a mortar man.

Mr. Washburn became vice president of security at Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002.

He was a Buffalo police officer from 1971 to 2002, serving on the S.W.A.T. team, the Tactical Patrol Unit and the Accident Investigation team.

He was actively involved in the affairs of the Seneca Nation of Indians and received the Warriors Medal of Valor from the Native American Nations of the U.S.A.

For his military service, Mr. Washburn received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

He enjoyed fly-fishing, golf, coaching youth sports, bike-riding, vacationing with his family on Kiawah Island, S.C. and watching sunsets along the Buffalo waterfront with his wife.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Beverly Bellanti; two sons, Joshua and Nathan; and two daughters, Keely and Jenna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.