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Oct. 6, 1931 – Dec. 7, 2017 Richard H. "Dick" Batt, of Venice, Fla., a retired Buffalo area realtor, died unexpectedly Dec. 7 in Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital. He was 86. Born in the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. Batt was a graduate of Tonawanda High School and served in the Army in the Korean War. Mr. Batt began his real estate career in the firm of Batt, Doring and…

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June 28, 1934 – Jan. 6, 2018 James J. Lombardi, who had three long and simultaneous careers as a local elected official, a teacher and the operator of a dairy, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a long illness. He was 83. Mr. Lombardi served 20 years in town office: eight years as a Lewiston councilman followed by 12 years as supervisor. H…

Oct. 10, 1931 – Jan. 3, 2018 Richard J. McCowan, a renowned educational researcher and professor emeritus at SUNY Buffalo State, died Wednesday in his Grand Island home after a short illness. He was 86. Born in New York City, he was a 1949 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola. He graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University in 1953 and earned a master…

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Aug. 1, 1921 - Dec. 17, 2017 Raymond A. Hudson, M.D., a longtime Buffalo cardiologist, died Dec. 17 in the Rosa Coplon Facility of the Weinberg Campus after a long illness. He was 96. Dr. Hudson was a Buffalo native who attended the University of Buffalo through full scholarships, and later the US Army for undergraduate and medical training. He graduated from the …

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Jan. 19, 1995 – Dec. 19, 2017 Thapelo Imani Hill, a traditional African percussionist and dancer, died Dec. 19 in Erie County Medical Center, five days after he was wounded in a shooting outside a pizzeria on Niagara Street. He was 22. Born in Buffalo, his father was African-American and his mother came from Botswana. His first name, Thapelo, means “prayer” in his mo…

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Aug. 24, 1946 – Dec. 31, 2017 John Michael Fitzgerald, a Lockport attorney for almost 40 years, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after an illness. He was 71. Born in Lockport, he was a 1964 graduate of Lockport High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University in 1968 and completed his juris doctor degree at the University at Buffalo Law …

Feb. 5, 1929 - Dec. 30, 2017 One of his many nephews and nieces once asked Peter A. Scaccia why he decided to become an Erie County Sheriff's deputy. "I wanted to help people," he answered, recalled the nephew, Philip LaNasa,"and police work was the way I thought I could help the most people." Mr. Scaccia, a Korean War veteran who served with the Sheriff's Office…

Nov. 4, 1933 - Dec. 24, 2017 After raising four children, Carolyn J. Culbreth of Niagara Falls decided to focus her life on caring for others. That's why she returned to school at age 38 and became a licensed practical nurse, working in the psychiatric unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and later as a substance abuse counselor at Milestones Alcoholism Serv…

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Feb. 27, 1934 – Jan. 1, 2018 Sister Mary Conrad Marie Glica, a teacher and principal in Catholic schools for more than 30 years, died on New Year’s Day in Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg, where she had been a resident since 2015. She was 83. Born in North Tonawanda, one of five children, Marie Alice Glica was educated by Felician Sisters in grade school and th…

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Feb. 4, 1939 – Dec. 24, 2017 T. Alan Brown, a trial attorney for more than 50 years, died Dec. 24 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 78. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1956 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from John Carroll University in Cleveland. He completed his juris doctor degree in 1963 at Fordham University Law Scho…

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March 10, 1922 – Dec. 30, 2017 Stanley M. Bolas, a former Golden Gloves boxer, would tell his son, "I still think I have a good three minutes left in me." "My dad always had a quote, and this one was a reference to a three-minute round of boxing," said Michael Bolas. "In my mind he was always the undisputed champ," he said. Mr. Bolas, a Buffalo police officer a…

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March 20, 1941 – Nov. 26, 2017 Charles "Chuck" Schorr, a scientist and engineer, died Nov. 26 in Canterbury Woods, Williamsville, from complications of brain cancer. He was 76. Mr. Schorr was born in Baltimore and moved to the Buffalo area in 1966. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from B…

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Feb. 28, 1954 – Dec. 28, 2017 Bruce E. Phillips, a former Kodak machinist, died Friday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 63. Mr. Phillips was born in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from North Tonawanda High School. He worked at Kodak as a machinist for 32 years before retiring in 2013. He began his own machinist company in 2000 and di…

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Sept. 28, 1923 – Dec. 15, 2017 Josephine Wise, a longtime educator in Buffalo, died suddenly at her home in Maplewood, New Jersey Dec. 15. She was 94. Born Josephine Corsello in Brooklyn, she was enrolled in the rapid advanced honors program of the New York City public schools. In 1939, she graduated from Brooklyn's Manual High School at age 16. She went on to receiv…

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July 13, 1971 –  Dec. 29, 2017 Michael J. LoCurto never let his health problems define him or limit him in a life devoted to his city and to fighting injustice. That is the person remembered throughout the community when word spread last week that LoCurto had died at the age of 46 from complications related to the multiple organ transplants he received during his lif…