Tyrone D. McDuffie Sr. of Buffalo, a University at Buffalo employee, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was 51.
The lifelong area resident was born in Buffalo. He graduated from East High School, where he was an All-High and All-Western New York baseball player in 1972. He later earned an associate's degree at the University at Buffalo.
Mr. McDuffie briefly played minor-league professional baseball in the 1970s.
He worked for the past 17 years as a custodian in student housing on UB's North Campus.
Mr. McDuffie volunteered for the last three decades as a coach on various youth sports teams and served for the past three years as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Raiders youth football team. He also was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Humphrey McDuffie; two daughters, Tanya of Valley Stream and Taniqua of Buffalo; a son, Tyrone D. Jr. of El Paso, Texas; his father, Ira Stevenson of Buffalo; five sisters, Barbara Littlejohn, Shirley Washington, Debra Hampton, Veronica McCarter and Rhonda, all of Buffalo; four brothers, Stevenson of Amherst, Allen of Buffalo, Michael of Buffalo and James of Cheektowaga; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Monday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St., followed by burial in Forest Lawn.