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Dr. James V. LoVerde, retired anesthesiologist

June 5, 1924 – March 15, 2016

Dr. James V. LoVerde, a retired anesthesiologist, died Tuesday in his Orchard Park home. He was 91.

Born in Perry, he served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate second class.

Dr. LoVerde earned his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from the University of Buffalo and was associated with Mercy Hospital for more than 25 years.

As an anesthesiologist, he assisted in surgeries on various Buffalo Bills players, including quarterback Jack Kemp and running back O.J. Simpson.

He retired in 1988.

An Orchard Park resident since 1964, he was a longtime member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.

Dr. LoVerde also was a member of the American Medical Association, the Bocelli Club and the Orchard Park Country Club. He was a longtime Bills season-ticket holder and a devoted Buffalo Sabres fan.

He also enjoyed traveling, reading and doing crossword puzzles.

His wife of nearly 60 years, Vita, died in 2008.

Dr. LoVerde became known as “the cookie man” at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park because of the treats he brought for residents and staff during his wife’s stay there and following her death. He also provided funds to renovate the home’s hair salon.

Survivors include a sister, Nancy Zinni; a brother, Casimir; and a close friend, the Rev. Sebastian Pierro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.

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