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Oct. 12, 1928 – Feb. 10, 2014

James William Banigan, owner of Joseph E. Bright Pension Planning and James Banigan and Sons Insurance Planning, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hosptial after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Kenmore, Mr. Banigan graduated from Canisius High School and later earned bachelors degrees in chemistry and history from Canisius College. He lived in Williamsville.

During World War II he was an amphibious tank driver in the Marine Corps, where he earned the rank of corporal.

Mr. Banigan was a sales director at Bell Aerospace and later owned Joseph E. Bright Pension Planning and James Banigan and Sons Insurance Planning.

He enjoyed traveling to Europe and the Middle East and was a voracious reader of history, biographies, and news.

Mr. Banigan was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a standard of excellence in the life insurance industry.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean C. Banigan; two sons, Thomas F. and James W. Jr.; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m., Saturday in St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 5480 Main St,, Williamsville.