OBITUARY

Daniel T. Kirst

September 14, 1935March 6, 2018
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Beloved husband of Margery A. Kirst (nee Metz); dear father of Kathleen Mendy, Karen, and Kevin Kirst; grandfather of Brian Kirst, Nicole (Jason) Sendlak, Lindsay (Zachary) Juliano, and the late Michael Mendy; great-grandfather of Piper Sendlak. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Daniel and Helene Kirst. Friends may call Sunday at the PERNA DENGLER ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville from 4-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at St. Gregory the Great at 10:30 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Kiwanis Club of Buffalo. Please share condolences www.perndenglerrobertsfuneral.com.

DANIEL T. KIRST, FORMER BANK OFFICER

Daniel T. Kirst, 82, former Vice-President and Manager of the HSBC Center Office in downtown Buffalo, died Tuesday, March 6th, in his home in East Amherst due to complications from heart surgery.

Daniel, a resident of East Amherst, was born in Buffalo and joined HSBC Bank in 1961, serving in various capacities during his thirty-four year career at the bank. Prior to managing the HSBC Center Office for twelve years, he managed the Fillmore-Glenwood and Statler-Hilton offices. Before his retirement in 1996, he was Vice-President and Manager of the Mortgage & Banking Benefit Program.

A graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College, he also received a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the Command & General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Army War College.

His thirty-year military career began with an ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. He was stationed for two years with the 2nd Armored Calvary in Germany. He also served with the 1st Bn. of the 127th Armor, New York Army National Guard and the 1151st USAR School in the Reserves. In 1981, he was assigned as Commander of the 1/390th Engineer Training Bn. Daniel retired at the rank of Colonel in 1989.

Active in community affairs, Daniel was a past President of the Buffalo Kiwanis Club of which he was a member for fifty years and served on the Board of Directors. He was a past Lieutenant Governor of the Niagara Frontier West Division of the N.Y.S. District of Kiwanis.

Daniel was a member of the Canisius College DiGamma Society. He has served as Chairman of the Key Club for the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Heart Fund, Easter Seals, Canisius College Alumni Assn., and the Buffalo Municipal Baseball Assn., Chief Bank Advisor for Junior Achievement, and has served Catholic Charities, United Way, Canisius College Alumni, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Better Business Bureau in fund-raising capacities.

Daniel was an avid baseball player and coach and played in leagues in Western New York for several years. He was “Municipal Player of the Year” in Buffalo in 1956 while playing with the Buffalo Allstars and was drafted into the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization. He enjoyed golf his whole life and was a past member of Brierwood and Westwood Country Clubs. He was a member of St. Gregory’s Men’s Golf League and was an active member of St. Gregory the Great parish for 34 years.

He was licensed in real estate and worked at Kirst Commercial Real Estate Corporation with his twin daughter, Karen, of Williamsville for 20 years.

Surviving in addition to his daughter, is his wife of 59 years, the former Margery Metz; daughter, Kathleen Mendy of Cary, NC; a son, Kevin, of Williamsville, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Church on Maple Road, Williamsville, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018. Burial will be in the mausoleum at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery on North Forest Road, Williamsville.

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Don Armstrong

March 11, 2018

I was saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. We served together in the 98th Div and I considered him a good friend. We shared many stories at the 1151st get-togethers following retirement. Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss of a true officer and gentleman.
Don Armstrong
Col USA retired

Kathy Mendy

March 11, 2018

Dear Dad,
Our hearts are broken. I never thought this time would come - That you were no longer in our lives and that you were not just a phone call away. You were the person we could all depend on. The person who was always there for everyone. You taught us so much about life. You taught us to have respect for everyone and rather than get frustrated by things, to understand them. You taught us the priorities of life. The small things did not matter. You taught us to take everything in stride. You loved people and saw the good in everyone and everything. These gifts to us will continue to be the things in life that mean the most.
I will always think of you and thank God that we had you as our Father. We could never have asked for more. You were always the best - the very best Dad, the very best husband to Mom, and the very best friend to everyone.
Love, Kathy

Ralph Smith

March 8, 2018

Sorry to hear about Dan's passing. We served together in the 127th Armor headquarters company at Masten Avenue. Dan was a tireless leader and a mentor to younger officers. When the headquarters company was activated in September 1971 and sent to Attica Prison, Dan and I were the only officers left behind at the armory to maintain the headquarters. The unit kept guard outside the prison walls and never was directly involved in the re-taking activity. Dan would much rather have been there where the action was, but recognized the importance of maintaining communications with the armory.
Ralph Smith, LTC, US Army, retired

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Biography

DANIEL T. KIRST, FORMER BANK OFFICER

Daniel T. Kirst, 82, former Vice-President and Manager of the HSBC Center Office in downtown Buffalo, died Tuesday, March 6th, in his home in East Amherst due to complications from heart surgery.

Daniel, a resident of East Amherst, was born in Buffalo and joined HSBC Bank in 1961, serving in various capacities during his thirty-four year career at the bank. Prior to managing the HSBC Center Office for twelve years, he managed the Fillmore-Glenwood and Statler-Hilton offices. Before his retirement in 1996, he was Vice-President and Manager of the Mortgage & Banking Benefit Program.

A graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College, he also received a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the Command & General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Army War College.

His thirty-year military career began with an ROTC commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. He was stationed for two years with the 2nd Armored Calvary in Germany. He also served with the 1st Bn. of the 127th Armor, New York Army National Guard and the 1151st USAR School in the Reserves. In 1981, he was assigned as Commander of the 1/390th Engineer Training Bn. Daniel retired at the rank of Colonel in 1989.

Active in community affairs, Daniel was a past President of the Buffalo Kiwanis Club of which he was a member for fifty years and served on the Board of Directors. He was a past Lieutenant Governor of the Niagara Frontier West Division of the N.Y.S. District of Kiwanis.

Daniel was a member of the Canisius College DiGamma Society. He has served as Chairman of the Key Club for the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Heart Fund, Easter Seals, Canisius College Alumni Assn., and the Buffalo Municipal Baseball Assn., Chief Bank Advisor for Junior Achievement, and has served Catholic Charities, United Way, Canisius College Alumni, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Better Business Bureau in fund-raising capacities.

Daniel was an avid baseball player and coach and played in leagues in Western New York for several years. He was “Municipal Player of the Year” in Buffalo in 1956 while playing with the Buffalo Allstars and was drafted into the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization. He enjoyed golf his whole life and was a past member of Brierwood and Westwood Country Clubs. He was a member of St. Gregory’s Men’s Golf League and was an active member of St. Gregory the Great parish for 34 years.

He was licensed in real estate and worked at Kirst Commercial Real Estate Corporation with his twin daughter, Karen, of Williamsville for 20 years.

Surviving in addition to his daughter, is his wife of 59 years, the former Margery Metz; daughter, Kathleen Mendy of Cary, NC; a son, Kevin, of Williamsville, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Church on Maple Road, Williamsville, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018. Burial will be in the mausoleum at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery on North Forest Road, Williamsville.