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April 6, 1949 – Jan. 17, 2014

Michael G. Lyons, of South Buffalo, a supervisor for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and a longtime member of the city’s Planning Board, died Friday in Niagara Hospice after a brief illness. He was 64.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Lyons moved to this area as a child.

He was a graduate of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Lyons worked as a counselor for the Erie County Department of Social Services from 1972 to 1978.

He began his career with the Housing Authority in 1979 and, at the time of his death, was preparing to retire as supervisor of energy and utilities.

He had been a member of the Buffalo Planning Board since 1978 and had served as treasurer of the East Buffalo Civic Association. He also was a Democratic committeeman for many years.

Survivors include his former wife, the former Donna Deery; a daughter, Katherine Witt; two sons, John and Joseph; six brothers, Patrick, Thomas, Peter, Paul, Dan and John; five sisters, Mary Sullivan, Ann Logel, Alice Messina, Peggy and Ellen; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of Charity Parish, 65 Ridgewood Road.