John David Mandabach


John David Mandabach, 76, passed away peacefully Oct. 29, in Amherst, New York. He is preceded by his parents, Catherine (Brewer) and Henry J. Mandabach, sister Henrietta and brother, Paul J. "Pete" Mandabach, all were lifelong residents of Washington, Indiana.
David is survived by the love of his life and wife of 54 years, Mary (Helsel) Mandabach of Amherst; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Scott Peters of Rochester, New York; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jeff Blozen of Farmington New York; two grandsons, Johnathon and Anthony; two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Kelsey; and two great-grandsons, Robbie and Benny.
David attended St. Mary's Elementary School and was a graduate of Washington Catholic High School. He went on to earn a degree in accounting from the University of Toledo and an MBA from Butler University. During his professional career in corporate finance he served as a senior executive officer with corporations in California and New York. In that capacity he directed both domestic and international financial operations of those companies. He often quipped that he had the easiest job in the company in that he didn't have to make anything or sell anything. All he had to do was give advice-that's easy. His favorite reply, when asked a real complex question was, "Well, I'm not very good with numbers, but......"
David was a resident of Penfield, New York, for eight years before moving to Buffalo, New York, where he lived the last 30 years of his life. He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both of Amherst, the Tonawanda Sportsman's Club, the Washington Indiana Conservation Club, the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the New York State Society of Enrolled Agents, Financial Executives International and the American Institute of Individual Investors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and listening to classical music. He was also an avid runner. When he retired he purchased two RVs and kept one in Montgomery Lake, Indiana, and one in Gravel Ponds Sport Fishing Campgrounds in Spencerport, New York. He always looked forward to hunting and fishing with his brother, Paul "Pete" Mandabach and with his lifelong buddies, John Decker (deceased) and Jerry Brochin. David leaves behind many happy memories with all his friends and family and will be dearly missed.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Ed Lee Mortuary Downtown Chapel, 101 N. Meridian St., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in David's name to the Washington Catholic Education Endowment, P.O. Box 916, Washington IN 47501.
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