July 7, 1938 – Feb. 26, 2018
Roy Roussel, the chairman who revived the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, had a knack for bringing out the best in those around him.
His longtime friend and colleague Bruce Jackson, an English professor at UB, illustrated it with a recollection from the 1970s, when “we both rode bikes. He rode a hog; I rode a Honda…
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman f…
July 21, 1957 - March 10, 2018
Samuel M. Ferraro, 60, who was regarded as a key figure in Niagara County economic development for generations, died Saturday after a long illness. The location of his death was not disclosed.
"Niagara County lost a giant (Saturday), and I lost a friend," County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said.
Mr. Ferraro, a Niagara Falls resident…
Dec. 27, 1955 – March 8, 2018
Beth M. Stefani turned the writing of professional resumes into an art.
“She had this technique of asking questions and drawing information out of you,” said her husband, Walt, retired hall of fame volleyball coach at Orchard Park High School. “Every resume she wrote was different.”
Resume assistance wasn’t the only service offered by…
Nov. 23, 1930 – Feb. 25, 2018
A knee injury couldn't keep George Voskerchian off the football field.
“He was a very quick running back,” his niece, Adele, said. “It didn’t stop him, but it hindered him from going further.”
The injury happened while he was attending the University at Buffalo on a football scholarship. Mr. Voskerchian recovered and kept playing, and…
June 7, 1951 – March 8, 2018
Marcy Dandes threw herself wholeheartedly into everything she did.
She started a career in real estate almost as a fluke, only to become one of Hunt Real Estate's top-producing agents. When her children attended Nichols School, she became an active supporter of the school and its athletics program.
And when her daughter, Arin Lee, star…
Jan. 11, 1941 – March 4, 2018
Sister Phyllis Marie Zaworski, a teacher, missionary and social worker, died Sunday under hospice care in Mercy Center after a lengthy illness. She was 77.
Born in Buffalo, she attended St. Agatha’s School and Our Lady of Victory High School in Lackawanna. She joined the Religious Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 15, 1958.
While earning a ba…
March 23, 1934 – March 5, 2018
Norm DiDonato faced his most daunting challenge as a structural engineer right after he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a civil engineering degree in 1956.
Assigned by the Army to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, which managed nuclear weapons, he worked with a group of engineers in the Pentagon.
Aug. 14, 1932 – March 8, 2018
Dr. Alfred M. “Mickey” Stein, a physician prominent in the Buffalo Medical Group, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 85.
Born in Albany, he came to the Buffalo area with his family as a teen and was a graduate of Kenmore High School.
Earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo, he was a member of Phi …
Oct. 8, 1927 – March 2, 2018
Richard “Woj” Wojciechowski stood 6-foot-2 and his first love was basketball. But when Niagara University offered him a football scholarship, he accepted.
“He called himself a sticky-fingered wide receiver,” his son, Richard W., said.
A member of Niagara’s last NCAA football team, he scored six touchdowns in his senior year and caught …
May 19, 1928 – Feb. 27, 2018
Thelma L. Blesy, a registered nurse, died Feb. 27 in GreenField Manor, Lancaster, where she had been a resident since 2014. She was 89.
Born in Colden, the former Thelma Lehning grew up on a dairy farm in the Town of Boston. A 1945 graduate of Griffith Institute High School in Springville, she completed Millard Fillmore Hospital School of…
Dec. 20, 1929 – March 4, 2018
When Ted Kahn landed two new customers for his uncle’s optics supply company in the early 1950s, his uncle proposed reducing his commission.
Mr. Kahn’s father, who also worked for the company, had a better idea.
“His father said, ‘We’ve got these new customers, let’s start a business,’” said his daughter, Peggy Sullivan.
Aug. 14, 1937 – March 4, 2018
A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald E. Flaig, a retired crane operator, Army National Guard veteran and avid Buffalo Bills fan, will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Paul's Catholic Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore.
The long-time Kenmore resident died in Erie County Medical Center, after a short illness. He was 80.
June 18, 1929 – March 2, 2018
Frank Louis Yakovac, formerly of Lackawanna, a retired architectural engineer, died Friday in Indianapolis, Ind., where he had been a resident since 2015. He was 88.
Born in his family’s home in Lackawanna’s First Ward, the third of five children, he collected scrap metal and bottles to earn pocket change as a boy. At 16, he took a job i…
Oct. 1, 1968 – March 1, 2018
Thomas J. Moran, a Buffalo district police chief and former commander of the department’s Underwater Recovery Unit, died Thursday in the Cleveland Clinic after a short illness. He was 49.
Chief Moran headed District A in South Buffalo for the past five years.
“Tom Moran was a chief who, when you asked him to do something, you’d never h…