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May 27, 1941 – Oct. 28, 2017 If the Irish community of South Buffalo ever becomes the setting for a fairy tale, one of its princesses would be Judy Beecher, who started as a docent at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and eventually became  assistant director . She died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 76. On her mother’s …

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When James J. Allen took over as the head of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency in 1979, the University at Buffalo North Campus was less than one decade old and the town was a bedroom community that was still waking up. By the time Allen stepped down in 2016 after 37 years as the agency's executive director, Amherst had become a powerful economic engine in the re…

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Sept. 13, 1929 – Oct. 26, 2017 Richard D. Badger, a retired research chemist and marathon runner, died Thursday in his North Tonawanda home. He was 88. Born in Canandaigua, the oldest of seven children, Mr. Badger graduated from Canandaigua High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Canisius College. He worked as a research chemist for Occid…

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March 8, 1976 – Oct. 27, 2017 Steven Douglas Pyska of Niagara Falls, a retired officer in the Navy Seabees, died unexpectedly Friday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He was 41. Born in Lewiston, Mr. Pyska attended Niagara Falls city schools and was a 1994 graduate of the former LaSalle Senior High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and served for 2…

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Oct. 28, 1927 – Oct. 29, 2017 As an ornithologist, Robert F. Andrle traveled the world, conducting research on birds. Back at home, he was a longtime employee of the Buffalo Museum of Science, an accomplished writer, and instrumental in the founding of Tifft Nature Preserve and Times Beach Nature Preserve. The region's senior ornithologist died Sunday of Al…

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 Sept. 25, 1939 - Oct. 24, 2017 When Gerald "Jerry" Kalisz retired in 2004 as chief court security officer at Buffalo's federal courthouse, he said he was done wearing uniforms. "I've worn uniforms since I was a kid - altar boy, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Army, trooper, court security officer, and probably a hundred baseball and basketball uniforms," Mr. Kalisz told a …

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Oct. 25, 1941 – Oct. 19, 2017 Jim Baker, the hard-hitting sportswriter and radio-TV columnist for the Buffalo Courier-Express who went on to a lengthy career at the Boston Herald, died Oct. 19 under hospice care in Lexington, Mass., after a short illness. He was 75. “I plead guilty to setting him in motion,” said Douglas Turner, Mr. Baker's editor at the Couri…

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May 26, 1922 – Oct. 25, 2017 Long before Nike adopted its famous slogan, Buffalo director and SUNY Buffalo State professor Warren Enters was spreading it like gospel through Buffalo's theater community. "He would just say, 'Do it! Stop talking about it. Do it,' " said television writer and producer Tom Fontana, Enters' former protégé and Buffalo State student. "H…

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Aug. 26, 1947 -- Oct. 22, 2017 Janet J. Mather was proud of her Mather heritage, and was fine when people got it wrong, too. But you could expect to be corrected in a lighthearted way. She would tell people that it was Mather as in Cotton Mather -- not like Jerry Mathers, the actor who famously played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the popular television sitcom "Lea…

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Lionel W. Barrick trained as an Army paratrooper, but when the Korean War started, he decided that he could better serve as a medic, saving lives. Assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment, he was caught in the thick of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, where Chinese and North Korean troops pushed back American and United Nations forces in bitter c…

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Nov. 14, 1917 – Oct. 24, 2017 Helen Dobmeier, who founded a janitorial supply company with her husband, died Tuesday in her Eggertsville home. She was 99. The former Helen Muehlbauer’s father operated grocery store on Walden Avenue, where she was born, and later opened Muehlbauer’s Bakery at 388 Genesee St. She graduated in a class of 10 from St. Mary’s Semin…

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Aug. 22, 1927 – Oct. 15, 2017 William Zucker, a Holocaust survivor and co-owner of a photography studio and camera shop in North Buffalo, died Oct. 15 in Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Needham, Mass., after a brief illness. He was 90. Born in Elbing, East Prussia, he grew up in Vladimir Volynsk (Ludmir), in Poland near what is now Lviv, Ukraine, where his father, …

Sept. 3, 1929 – Oct. 16, 2017 Robert E. Whitfield, who had a passion for masonic organizations, died Oct. 16 after a long illness. He was 88. He was born in Whitsett, Pa., was educated in Clairton, Pa., and served in the Army. He married Margurite Simmons in 1952, and they moved to Buffalo to raise their family. Mr. Whitfield, of Buffalo, worked for 25 years …

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July 3, 1929 – Sept. 22, 2017 Midway through a press conference announcing his appointment as interim executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Dominic J. Terranova broke into a huge grin after someone interrupted the event to whisper three words to him. "It's a boy!" were the words whispered by Mr. Terranova's secretary, Anne Marie Higgi…

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Dec. 24, 1931 – Oct. 21, 2017 James R. “Jim” Loomis Sr., who consoled countless numbers of grieving families as a third-generation funeral director, died Saturday at home in Orchard Park after a lengthy illness. He was 85. Mr. Loomis was born and raised in South Buffalo, where he would live most of his life. He graduated from School 70, South Park High Schoo…