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Kent L. Buyea, much-honored coach of youngsters

Dec. 7, 1928 – Oct. 28, 2013

Kent L. Buyea, of Cheektowaga, who coached Little League baseball and Little Loop football teams for more than 50 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School. He was an office worker for M&G Convoy Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1991 as a computer controller.

Known to players and their parents as Coach Kent, he coached more than 2,500 youngsters in his career before he retired in 2012. He was considered the founding father of the Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association and received numerous awards.

Mr. Buyea was honored as a distinguished coach in 2012 by the Kensington Lions Club, received the Service to Amateur Football Award in 2004 from the Western New York Chapter of the National Football Association and was named Master of Coaching in 2007 by the Western New York Football Coaches.

The Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation Department honored him for outstanding service in 1989, and the Cheektowaga Little Loop football field and concession building were named in his honor.

In addition to being a coach, he was a fan. He was a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder for more than 50 years.

His wife of 49 years, Virginia “Ginger” Wilde Buyea, died in 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Kent Jr. and Tom; and two daughters, Denise Zimmer and Michelle Kunkel.

A celebration of his life will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in McPartlan’s Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

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