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Harold L. Dibble, owned hardware stores, mineral buff

Nov. 14, 1915 – June 28, 2014

Harold L. Dibble, owner of Dibble Hardware in Buffalo and Hamburg, died June 28 in his Evans home after a brief illness. He was 98.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Dibble graduated from Lafayette High School, and studied at the University of Buffalo before graduating from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Dibble served in the Army during World War II, teaching ordnance optics and instrument repair.

Mr. Dibble took over the family business, L.M. Dibble Inc. in Buffalo, and built Dibble Hardware in Hamburg. He retired in the early 1990s at the age of 75.

A voracious reader, Mr. Dibble became very knowledgeable on such topics as geology, history, archaeology and ancient Mayan civilization.

He was a lifelong student of mineralogy, an interest that began as a child when he found a piece of quartz during a family trip. As his mineral collecting began, Mr. Dibble attended symposiums and exhibitions and became authoritative on the topic. He donated some of his specimens to the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton, Mich., the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institution, where two of his faceted stones are part of the permanent mineralogy exhibit. He wrote the book, “Quartz – an Introduction to Crystalline Quartz,” during his retirement.

Mr. Dibble also was also active in local art circles and was on the boards of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Ashford Hollow Foundation.

His wife of 58 years, the former Doris Gardner, died in 2001.

Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Gaskell, Judith Boreman and Sally; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in September.

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