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Richard F. Seitz, News retiree was assistant pressroom manager; Nov. 6, 1937 -- Jan. 23, 2011

Richard Frederick Seitz, of Buffalo, a retired assistant pressroom manager at The Buffalo News, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School. He was a sharpshooter in the Marine Corps, served in the 8th Battalion in Lebanon and attained the rank of corporal.

Mr. Seitz first worked as a pressman at Greater Buffalo Press, then went to the Courier-Express in 1970. After it closed in 1982, he came to The News and was a pressman until 1994, when he was promoted to assistant manager. He retired in 2004.

A runner, he competed in many marathons. He ran twice in the Skylon Marathon and 10 years in the Turkey Trot. In April 1998, he waded into the frigid waters of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park to save a man floating facedown.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Maureen D. Pollino; four daughters, Debra Greco, Tracy Pratt, Krista Pensivy and Melissa Raccuia; a brother, Paul; and a sister, Betty Seitz Hodge.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street.

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