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July 29, 1939 – Aug. 25, 2013

Michael Wallace Vincent, of Buffalo, a business executive, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

Born in San Francisco, he was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and was a lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam War, serving two tours as an American adviser to the Vietnamese navy.

Following his discharge in 1966, he came to Buffalo to work for Bell Aerospace, where he was program manager for Bell’s Air Cushion Division for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Later, he was vice president and general manager of Leavers and Frank Inc., a janitorial and maintenance firm; owner of a Minuteman Press printing and copying franchise in Cheektowaga; and human resources director for Frontier Lumber.

Mr. Vincent was a member of the board of trustees of the Elmwood Franklin School and a former president of the Buffalo Skating Club. An accomplished sailor, he was a member of the North Shore Yacht Club. He also was an avid tennis player.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Sally Spitzmiller; two daughters, Margot and Kate Peterson; a brother, Kevin; and a sister, Patsy.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, 314 Elmwood Ave.