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June 12, 1943 – Feb. 7, 2014

Dr. Michael Martin McConnell, of Williamsville, former chief of medicine at St. Joseph Hospital, died Friday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, after a short illness. He was 70.

Born in Detroit, he grew up in Whitesboro, outside Utica, and was a 1965 graduate of Canisius College. He earned his medical degree from Albany Medical School in 1969.

After an internship in Baltimore city hospitals, he joined the Navy in 1970 and served as a medical officer aboard the USS Detroit. He was a doctor at Bethesda Naval Hospital from 1972 to 1976 and a doctor at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1976 to 1981. He attained the rank of commander.

Dr. McConnell returned to the Buffalo area in 1981 and opened a practice in internal medicine in Williamsville.

He was a staff member at Sisters Hospital and was chief of medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in the early and mid-1990s.

He was a parishioner at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and a member of the Erie County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Virginia A. Burke; a son, Michael M. Jr.; two daughters, Virginia K. Serpico and Ann B. Kostyniak; a sister, Judith Baldwin Tarplee; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.