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Richard G. Lewis, owned several restaurants May 19, 1936 -- April 17, 2012

Richard G. Lewis, who had founded and owned several suburban Buffalo restaurants during his life, died early Tuesday in a Delaware Avenue rehabilitation center after a five-month battle with cancer. He was 75.

A North Tonawanda native, Mr. Lewis was educated in North Tonawanda public schools and grew up learning the restaurant trade from his parents, the late Lola and Abraham Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was best known in the Amherst and Williamsville communities for opening and owning several restaurants, including Adam's Rib on Main Street in Snyder, Daffodils -- which he founded in 1977 -- Dandelions and the Bee Line Diner.

"Everybody who came into contact with him loved him and gravitated toward him," said Mr. Lewis' daughter, Rhonda Silver.

After retirement, Mr. Lewis, who enjoyed golfing, worked at the Wehrle Golf Dome and wintered in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was known to many to be a dedicated family man and was remembered for his fondness and attachment to his pet bichon, Teddy.

A longtime Williamsville resident, Mr. Lewis moved to Lockport in recent years with his partner, Nancy Gailor, who survives him along with Silver and two other daughters, Roberta and Taryn, and two sons, Richard Jr. and Jay.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.