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Sept. 24, 1922 – March 16, 2017 Douglas Burden Littlewood, of Williamsville, former corporate secretary for National Gypsum Co. and a Boy Scout executive, died March 16 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 94. Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School and graduated from Buffalo Technical High School. He served as an offi…

March 24, 1929 – March 19, 2017 Patrick L. Wiles, a longtime educator in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district, died last Sunday  in Leesburg. Fla., after a battle with cancer. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Wiles graduated from North Tonawanda High School and the University at Buffalo, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He start…

July 11, 1922 - March 19, 2017 Kenneth L. Roetzer of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran of the Seabees who was an active churchman, died March 19 in Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 94. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Roetzer was a lifelong Buffalo-area resident and graduated from Burgard Vocational High School before joining …

May 1, 1929 – March 21, 2017 E. Webster Dann, a retired educator, coach and local historian, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Nichols School and Lehigh University, where he played varsity hockey. Mr. Dann worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, before being drafted into the Army and …

April 29, 1938 - March 21, 2017 Robert L. Gist, a former anchorman and reporter for WGRZ-TV, died Tuesday after a long illness in Buffalo. He was 78. Born in Union, S.C., Gist, known as "Bob," moved here as an adolescent and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1956. Before attending college, Gist took a job as cameraman for the former WGR-TV. He also was a newsr…

March 16, 1925 - March 11, 2017 Julie A. Kresse, who enjoyed sports and music, and worked in the financial aid office at Rosary Hill College, died March 11 at her home in East Amherst.  She was 91. The former Julie A. Simon was born in Buffalo. She was a 1943 graduate of St. Mary Seminary, and briefly attended D'Youville College before working full time as a med…

Jan. 30, 1948 – March 16, 2017 Eugene E. “Geno” Fix, a founder and owner with Buffalo Airport Taxi, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Lancaster home. He was 69. Born in Buffalo, the fourth of five children, he attended Our Lady Help of Christians School, was a 1966 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School and earned an associate’s degree from Erie County Te…

Jan. 12, 1945 – March 12, 2017 Robert C. Oshei Jr., a retired company president and chief executive officer who led Fibron Products Inc., died on March 12 at his home in Franklinville in Cattaraugus County. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Oshei graduated from Hoosac School High School in Hoosick Falls. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Hobart College…

Feb. 1, 1929 – March 19, 2017 Julius “Joe” Diamond shared his Holocaust survival story with more than 15,000 local middle- and high-school students over the years --  telling them about his forced deportation from eastern Czechoslovakia, his arrival in the Auschwitz death camp, his mother and younger brother going to the gas chamber and his subsequent liberation …

Dec. 31, 1924 – March 18, 2017 The Rev. J. Donald Monan, the Blasdell native who, as the longest-serving president of Boston College, transformed it into one of the leading Catholic colleges in the nation, died Saturday in Weston, Mass. He was 92. Boston College had debt of more than $30 million and an endowment of just $6 million when Rev. Monan became its 24th pr…

By Dan Barry NEW YORK – Jimmy Breslin, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years with brick-hard words and a jagged-glass wit, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88, and until very recently, was still pushing somebody’s buttons with two-finger jabs at his keyb…

By Terence McArdle Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90. St. Charles County police announced t…

Dec. 16, 1922 - March 11, 2017 Wells E. Knibloe, a prominent Buffalo attorney, died last Saturday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 94. Born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Fillmore, he was a graduate of Fillmore Central High School and was drafted into the Army while attending Houghton College in 1943. He served at Aberdeen Proving Grounds…

Jan. 23, 1933 – March 13, 2017 Dr. Paul Himmelsbach Potter, 84, an obstetrician and gynecologist, died unexpectedly Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was a Buffalo native, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover. Dr. Potter also attended Princeton University and McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam…