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July 7, 1935 — May 3, 2014

Charles H. Meyer Jr. a retired worker for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, died May 3 at his home on Grand Island. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Francis High School in Hamburg. He earned a bachelor’s degree in range management from Utah State University.

Mr. Meyer also served in the Army, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. He was stationed in Greenland.

He was later employed by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico. He retired from HUD’s Buffalo office in the early 1990s and then became chief commercial loan officer for KeyCorp Mortgage, a subsidiary of KeyBank.

Mr. Meyer was a past president of the Grand Island Lions Club and Grand Island Junior Football. He was a three-time commodore of the Niagara Sailing Club and a founding member of Sea Fever, a nonprofit instructional sailing and boat-building program.

He also volunteered as an instructor for Buffalo State College’s boat building classes and was a past president and board member of the Buffalo Maritime Center.

He was director and head instructor for the Niagara Sailing Club Junior Sailing instructional program.

His wife of 32 years, Agnes “Sutty” Suthoff Meyer, died in 1993.

He is survived by three sons, Charles III, Douglas and Dean; a daughter, Kathryn; and seven grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.