Dec. 29, 1928 – June 27, 2017
The Rev. Ronald W. Sams was 75, an age when most priests are thinking about retirement, when, for the first time in his long religious vocation, he took on duties as a parish priest in 2003.
Father Sams joined the Jesuits soon after he graduated from Canisius High School in 1946. He had a long career teaching in Catholic high schools…
Jan. 14, 1931 – June 27, 2017
Norbert E. “Norman” Barnekow, of Cheektowaga, a retired roofing and sheet metal contractor whose work can be seen in the Darwin Martin complex, died Tuesday in Garden Gate Health Care Facility, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Barnekow grew up on Grape Street in the Fruit Belt and was a 1949 gradu…
Nov. 20, 1955 – June 25, 2017
Carolyn L. Cianciosa, of West Seneca, who established the radiologic technology program at Niagara County Community College and directed it for more than 20 years, died unexpectedly Sunday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, where she was receiving therapy following knee replacement surgery. She was 61.
Born in B…
April 15, 1934 – May 21, 2017
In 1980, Steve Prahovic wanted to give his customers something different when he opened his restaurant, Steve’s Pig and Ox Roast in Lackawanna.
“His dream was to have the meat set up so you could see it,” his daughter Mary Coppola says. “It was the novelty of coming in there and watching the meat roasting. If he put it on at 10…
Sept. 20, 1944 – June 18, 2017
James F. Eagan was happiest on the water.
At his family’s cottage in Crystal Beach, Ont., he spent his boyhood summers swimming and boating with his siblings and his cousins.
When he met a girl in the summer of 1968 whose girlfriends had a cottage next to one he rented with his buddies, their first date was on a sailboat. He and …
May 2, 1949 – June 25, 2017
William J. Mariani, who for nearly a decade steered Erie Community College with an outsized personality and a working man's sensibility, died unexpectedly Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute. He was 67. The cause was a heart-related ailment, said his son, William J. Mariani II.
Mr. Mariani of Hamburg served as the eighth president of ECC …
Nov. 12, 1953 – June 22, 2017
Daniel D. Dyson of West Seneca, a retired supervisor at the West Seneca Developmental Center, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 63.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1971 graduate of South Park High School, began working at the Developmental Center later that year as a developmental aide and studied nursing at Eri…
Dec. 23, 1924 – June 18, 2017
Gaza G. Papp of Buffalo had been an infantryman, a bodybuilder, a boxer, a steelworker, a Merchant Marine and a minister in his long life. He died on Father's Day in Elderwood Rehabilitation Facility in Williamsville at age 92.
Mr. Papp was born in Tonawanda and went into the Army in 1943. He was part of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1…
June 7, 1942 – June 10, 2017
Jack M. Berry was best known as a teacher, but his interests reached far beyond the classroom.
He played the piano and gave piano lessons. He fancied the opera and the circus. He researched his ancestors who came through Ellis Island.
A sixth-grade teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Central School for 27 years, Mr. Berry died June 10 unde…
Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017
Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living.
Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News.
Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79.
Born and ra…
Jan. 24, 1924 – June 18, 2017
Jay H. Wattles Jr., longtime president and chairman of the board of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, grew up in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and had a passion for golf that began when he was a boy, playing with his father on the course in Delaware Park.
Mr. Wattles was a low-handicap golfer as an adult and a member of the U.S. Go…
When the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke became the 23rd president of Canisius College in 1993, it was primarily a commuter college clustered around Christ the King Chapel on its central quadrangle.
In 2010, when he retired, it had become a comprehensive private university, the area’s largest, and had expanded through 24 major projects, including eight residence halls for out-o…
Jan. 5, 1941 – June 19, 2017
George W. Meadows II, of Buffalo, a retired funeral director, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 76.
Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children, he attended School 41 and was a graduate of Bishop Ryan High School.
He earned a college degree, then graduated from the Simmons School of Mortua…
June 23, 1964 – June 10, 2017
If Thomas S. Kozoduj wanted something, he was the kind of guy who would take to the road and go after it.
It was what the Orchard Park resident did in 1987, when he decided to leave a job for the love of his life, and again in 1990, when he was determined to be there when the Buffalo Bills faced off against the New York Giants in Super…
May 17, 1925 – June 20, 2017
James J. Dorscheid of Lancaster, a retired purchasing agent active in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School and served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Dorscheid worked as a purchasing agent at Hewitt Robbins …