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Oct. 14, 1928 – June 17, 2013Deacon Curtis Lee Black Sr., of Buffalo, a retired steelworker active in churches, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Bessemer, Ala., he moved to Buffalo in the early 1950s and worked in the blast furnaces for nearly 30 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp. He retired in 1982.Mr. Black was ordained …

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Dec. 7, 1938 – June 18, 2013Daniel J. Kenny, of the Town of Tonawanda, retired administrator of the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence, died Monday in the Brothers of Mercy Center after a short illness. He was 74.Born in the Bronx, he attended the Teachers College at Columbia University and New York University, earning master’s degrees in heal…

July 10, 1932 - June 16, 2013Margaret Ann George, who taught for 20 years in the West Seneca School District, died Sunday in her Lackawanna home. She was 80.Known as “Peggy,” she was born Margaret DePasquale in Buffalo.Mrs. George was in her 30s and a mother, raising four children, when she began her undergraduate college studies. She earned a master’s degree in education …

Dec. 17, 1942 – June 18, 2013 Samuel R. Jempson, a retired Buffalo News district manager and a former officer with the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, died Tuesday. He was 70.Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Jempson worked as a district manager at the Buffalo Courier-Express before leaving for The News, where he spent 38 years.While at The News, Mr. Jempson was active in the Newsp…

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June 25, 1929 – June 16, 2013Mary Christie, a retired insurance underwriter and church secretary, died Sunday in her Williamsville home after a brief illness. She was 83.Born in Hornell, the former Mary Petrakis was a graduate of Hornell High School. She worked as an insurance underwriter at Lawley Insurance and L.J. Doloff Insurance, retiring about 20 years ago.In retirem…

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Dec. 30, 1929 – June 13, 2013Peter John Murto, of Clarence, a retired Union Carbide manager who served terms on two different suburban school boards, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. He was 83.Born in Lockport, he was a graduate of Lockport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1951 from Rensselaer Poly…

April 15, 1958 – June 2, 2013 Twiggs Seymore Jr., of Buffalo, a science teacher at Buffalo Prep, died June 2 in Sisters Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, following a short illness. He was 55.Born in Jamaica, Queens, Mr. Seymore moved to Buffalo as a child in 1962. He graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and earned an associate degree from Erie C…

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Dec. 29, 1928 – June 15, 2013Matthew Licata, of Amherst, a retired General Motors employee, died Saturday in Maplewood Healthcare Facility, Cheektowaga. He was 84.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard High School and was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed stateside in both California and Alaska. After his military service, Mr. Licata earn…

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…