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JUNE 30, 1923 -- APRIL 10, 2005

Services for Elmer Laube Hames, of Blasdell, a retired businessman and social worker, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Big Tree Wesleyan Church, 4163 Fairview Parkway, Blasdell. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Hames died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a member of the Laube family that operated a chain of restaurants, including Laube's Old Spain in downtown Buffalo and the Midway Restaurant in Crystal Beach (Ont.) Amusement Park.

After graduating from Hutchinson-Central High School, he served in the Army Signal Corps in England and France during World War II, attaining the rank of corporal.

Returning from service, he graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Business, then founded and operated Delaware Motion Picture Services.

He also assisted his parents in opening and operating the Sher-Main Lighthouse, a restaurant at Main Street and Sheridan Drive in Clarence.

He worked with the Erie County Social Services Department for more than 30 years, retiring as a senior caseworker in 1991. For more than 15 years, he worked with the Innocence Project, a division of Cardoza Law School in New York City that helps wrongfully convicted prisoners get released.

Affiliated with a number of evangelical churches since childhood, for many years he was media and broadcast director for Cazenovia Park Baptist Church, where he and his father installed the audiovisual systems.

Surviving is his wife of 31 years, the former Lana Ebeling.


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