April 25, 1927 – Aug. 18, 2017
Alan L. McCarthy, of Williamsville, a teacher, school principal and standout high school and college swimmer, died Aug. 18 after a short illness. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the City of Tonawanda and was a 1945 graduate of Kibler High School, where he swam for four years and established the Western New York scholastic 10…
June 23, 1921 – Sept. 5, 2017
Calspan Corp. hailed Roger C. Weatherston as its most prolific inventor when he was promoted to executive engineer at its Cheektowaga testing facility in 1977. At that time, he held 15 patents. When he retired in 1983, he had 22.
He was most widely recognized for his invention of the scroll compressor, which is used in most of today’…
June 7, 1933 – Sept. 2, 2017
Judith Lisch Mann, formerly of Williamsville, who was active in Jewish organizations, died Saturday after a lengthy illness in Jacksonville, Fla., where she had been a resident since 2013. She was 84.
Born in Buffalo, the former Judith Robins was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned a degree from Bryant & Stratton Business I…
April 19, 1928 – Sept. 2, 2017
Craig A. Woodworth worked as an electrical engineer and had a passion for history and technology.
An expert on the development of railroads and electrical power, and a seasoned traveler who visited all 50 states and 11 countries, he shared his enthusiasm in many presentations to church groups and historical and civic organizations.
Oct. 6, 1923 – Aug. 30, 2017
Joseph J. Kam Jr., a chiropractor for more than 60 years and a World War II veteran, died last Wednesday in Weinberg Campus, Getzville, after a year’s illness. He was 93.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Kenmore High School, but was drafted into the Army Air Corps before graduation. He became a pilot, attained the rank of second lieutena…
Feb. 17, 1945 - Aug. 29, 2017
Marguerite "Marge" Serio, a reading specialist who taught for more than three decades in the Niagara Wheatfield School District, died Tuesday at Niagara Hospice House, Lockport. She was 72.
Born Marguerite Kishmoian in Niagara Falls, Mrs. Serio graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1963, then received her bachelor's degree in teach…
Sept. 3, 1931 - Aug. 31, 2017
David R. Doyle, of Eden, had been a junior high school science teacher and principal for more than a decade when, in 1970, he turned his focus in a different direction:
To early childhood education -- amid a growing need for such care, by families seeking more childcare options.
With those children and parents in mind, Mr. Doyle c…
Oct. 7, 1942 – Aug. 24, 2017
Mary L. O’Mara, of Cheektowaga, a licensed practical nurse and formerly an artist at The Buffalo Evening News, died Aug. 24 under hospice care after a struggle with cancer. She was 74.
Born in Buffalo, the second of four children, the former Mary L. Stock was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy. She worked as a copy aide and artist…
Sept. 28, 1930 – Aug. 19, 2017
Richard E. Garman stayed true to his roots.
“He always kept his feet on the ground,” his daughter Michelle Parrish said. “He always was that farm boy. And he was very generous about giving back, as was my mother. He cared very much for Buffalo and cared very much for the region. This is where he became successful.”
Jan. 11, 1919 – Aug. 20, 2017
Janice R. Mertes, a retired librarian and one of the longest-standing members of Brookfield Country Club, died Aug. 20 in her Williamsville home. She was 98.
Born in Buffalo, the former Janice Robinson earned master’s degrees in English literature and library science at the University of Buffalo.
She served as a librarian at the f…
Feb. 21, 1928 – Aug. 27, 2017
G. Wayne Hawk had a natural affinity for flight.
In the cockpit, he was flying solo at the age of 16 in single- and multi-engine planes.
“He flew until he was 80,” his son, George W. Jr., said. “He owned a Cessna and a Beech Baron with twin engines.”
As an aeronautical engineer, he did work early in his career that result…
Oct. 30, 1942 – Aug. 26, 2017
Burt W. Howell, who designed trade show exhibits for Fisher Price and other companies, died Saturday in Brooksville, Fla. He was 74.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in East Aurora, graduated from Northwood School in Lake Placid and attended Brown University.
Mr. Howell was president and treasurer of Design for Industry, which create…
Dec. 9, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2017
Vincent F. Dentico, of West Seneca and Boca Raton, Fla., founder of Fortuna Food Brokers, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the West Side and attended city schools.
Mr. Dentico started in the food brokerage business as a salesman in the 1950s and was representing the makers of Margherita Pep…
March 10, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2017
John Belton, of Orchard Park and Schenectady, a teacher and school administrator, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 87.
Born in Akron, Ala., he graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1949 and completed an apprenticeship program to become a bricklayer.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. wh…
July 20, 1933 – Aug. 15, 2017
Paul Shatkin, the attorney who helped save three Delaware Avenue mansions from demolition in the early 1970s, died Aug. 15 in Hospice Buffalo after a long illness.
He was 84.
Mr. Shatkin represented Friends of Delaware Avenue, a group of 15 families led by Dr. Charles P. Battista that opposed plans by International Business Machines…