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Retired State Supreme Court Justice Frank A. Sedita Jr. died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.Judge Sedita, a member of one of the area’s most prominent political families, was the son of three-term Buffalo Mayor Frank A. Sedita and the father of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.As Buffalo Housing Court Judge in 1992-93, he crack…

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March 18, 1943 – June 14, 2013 GOWANDA – Mel LeBar of Gowanda, Town of Persia supervisor, Air Force veteran and retiree of Gowanda Electronics, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 70. Born in Olean, he was a 1961 graduate of Olean Central School and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout.A Vietnam War-era veteran of the Air Force, Mr. LeBar moved to Gowanda after …

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March 31, 1951 – May 19, 2013A private memorial service is expected to be arranged for Vincent James “Jim” Cottone, 62, the owner of Malone’s Irish Bar and Grill in Kenmore.Mr. Cottone died in his home as the result of a May 19 homicide.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cottone was raised in Key West and Daytona Beach, Fla., before he returned to Buffalo to graduate from Grover Clevela…

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Feb. 26, 1941 – June 13, 2013Robert Szulis, a longtime Clarence farmer and owner of Szulis Florists & Greenhouses, died in his home Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 72.Born in Clarence Center, Mr. Szulis was raised on Szulis Farms on Goodrich Road, where his parents, Chester and Mary, taught him at a young age how to grow vegetables and flowers.He graduated from…

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Aug. 9, 1921 – June 14, 2013Dr. Raymond M. Gibbons Jr., a prominent Buffalo dentist with a passion for firefighting and collecting its memorabilia, died Friday in Harris Hill Nursing Home, Clarence, after a short illness. He was 91.Dr. Gibbons conducted his dental practice for more than 60 years from his office and residence on Linwood Avenue in Buffalo, which became a fir…

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Jan. 9, 1934 – June 13, 2013John “Jack” Boyd, the father of local attorney and former Channel 7 reporter Steve Boyd, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital after dealing with coronary problems. He was 79.Mr. Boyd was born in Buffalo and played football at Burgard Vocational High School. He grew up near the Erie Canal, in a neighborhood known as the Hooks, on Buffalo’s waterfront.…

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May 10, 1935 – June 12, 2013Thomas W. LaVean, a retired carpenter foreman at The Buffalo News, died Wednesday in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. He was 78.Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. LaVean was a Golden Gloves boxer and served two years as a Buffalo police officer until he found his passion as a carpenter for The Buffalo Evening News i…

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March 19, 1947 – June 7, 2013Connie J. Spentz, of Buffalo, a licensed practical nurse and nursing instructor, died unexpectedly June 7. She was 66.Born in Coalwood, W.Va., the former Connie Williams came to Buffalo with her family as a child and was a 1965 graduate of East High School. After receiving her LPN degree from D’Youville College, she earned a master’s degree fro…

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May 14, 1910 – June 12, 2013Florence C. Herberger, of Swormville, a retired teacher, died Wednesday in ElderWood Health Care at Maplewood, Cheektowaga, where she had been a resident for two years. She was 103.Born in Swormville, the former Florence Schorb was a 1928 graduate of Buffalo Normal School. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Amherst and later taught …

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Aug. 27, 1923 – June 10, 2013Ernst Herman Beutner, renowned for his research in dermatology, died Monday in his Amherst home after a short illness. He was 89.A professor emeritus of microbiology and dermatology at the University at Buffalo, he founded and directed an independent dermatological research laboratory that bears his name. Born in Berlin, Germany, the son of a c…

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May 18, 1922 – June 9, 2013A memorial service for John A. Cope, a retired National Fuel Gas Co. treasurer, will be held at 11 a.m. today in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St.Mr. Cope, of Eden, died Sunday at home. He was 91.Born in Knox, Pa., he attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and the U.S. Army Officers Training Program at the University of Pittsbu…

May 12, 1947 - June 11, 2013A Clarence lawyer has died from injuries suffered during an accident while bicycling in Europe.Arthur F. Dobson Jr., 66, died Tuesday at a hospital in Izola, Slovenia, where the accident occurred a week earlier on June 4.Mr. Dobson and three friends were on their second day of riding, when he was ejected from his bike while trying to avoid a car…

Jan. 17, 1924 – June 7, 2013Rita M. Knox, who operated several bars and restaurants with her husband, died Friday in Absolut Care of East Aurora, where she had been a resident for three years. She was 89.Born in Buffalo, the former Rita Kopan grew up behind St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church and helped clean the church. Later, she was a production worker for 16 years at H…

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Nov. 16, 1934 – June 10, 2013John P. Weick, a Korean War veteran and letter carrier, died Monday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. He was 78.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Weick graduated from Kensington High School.He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1962 during the Korean War and was stationed in Colorado before becoming a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He…

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Aug. 25, 1925 – June 7, 2013Mary Johnson, a community activist and namesake of a Buffalo street, died Friday in Niagara Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 87.Born in Buffalo, she worked as a staff assistant and manager at the Buffalo Urban League for 23 years, retiring in the early 1990s.Mary Johnson Boulevard on the city’s East Side was named for her duri…