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WNY loses two leading conservationists

Two leaders in the conservation community passed away the past week, saddening the ranks of the outdoor fraternity in Erie and Niagara counties. In Erie County, long-time volunteer Paul Stoos of Buffalo lost his battle with cancer. Most recently he was honored with a special President’s Award at the March 3 banquet of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. He was active with both the Alden Rod and Gun Club, as well as the Bison City Rod and Gun Club. Stoos was a member of the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board, too. He was an ardent supporter of the county’s Teach Me to Fish Program and volunteered for them all. He had a big heart according to many of his close friends, and he was a true leader.

In Niagara County, Gordon Botting of Lockport died unexpectedly this past week. He was a long-time supporter of the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs and served as treasurer for many years. He was also active with the Lockport Conservation Club, UAW 686 Pistol Club, Niagara County SCOPE and was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

Both individuals will be missed, two people who were always willing to volunteer and help the conservation cause.

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