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Feb. 11, 1929 – Jan. 22, 2018 Donald M. “Buck” Clark, who promoted job training for youth by bringing together business leaders and educators, had many careers of his own. A pioneer in industry-education cooperation, at various times he was a corporate administrator, a high school and college teacher and administrator, a management trainer, a research director, a rad…

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Dec. 24, 1958 – Jan. 20, 2018 Buffalo-born humorist and author Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to appear on prominent national TV showcases in 1990s, died Saturday in New York City after a 12-year battle with amyltrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 59. “I knew this was a big moment,” he said of his 1994 appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in an inte…

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Nov. 4, 1936 – Jan. 19, 2018 The Right Rev. Thaddeus S. Peplowski, Bishop Emeritus of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church, died Friday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after nine months of declining health. He was 81. Consecrated as the seventh bishop of the diocese in a ceremony in Buffalo on Nov. 30, 1990, he helped org…

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July 12, 1919 – Jan. 21, 2018 Mary Dorothy Gormley, a retired rehabilitation counselor, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she had been a resident for the past 33 years. She was 98. Born and raised in South Buffalo, the former Mary Lenahan attended St. Teresa’s School and South Park High School. She graduated from D’Youville College in 1941. Mrs. Gormley …

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Sept. 20, 1931 – Jan. 1, 2018 Dr. Bernard Dick Wakefield, a retired internist and company physician, died unexpectedly Jan. 1 while visiting family in Hartford, Conn. He was 86. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore, the son of an oral surgeon for whom the University at Buffalo Oral Surgery Clinic is named. He was a 1948 graduate of Nichols School and earned a ba…

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June 19, 1929 - Jan. 21, 2018 Little Ernest J. Hausmann was excited to wear long pants almost 80 years ago when he boarded a steamer that allowed him and his family to flee Germany for the United States. "Mother had found out from a relative that boys my age in America wore long pants, whereas in Germany all the boys wore short pants," he told The Buffalo News last y…

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Feb. 23, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2018 Dr. Bertram A. Portin was in his residency training when he developed what became a life-long interest in the surgical treatment of colon and rectal cancers, colitis and Crohn's disease. He found satisfaction in a specialty that enabled him to perform complex procedures while simultaneously forging long-term relationships with patients w…

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May 18, 1990-Jan. 15, 2018 Elizabeth "Lizzy" Lytle adored dogs and horses. The only things she loved more than animals were the members of her family, especially her 5-year-old daughter, Olivia Murphy. Her efforts to learn more about horses and earn more money to support her daughter both came into play on Monday, when she died in a head-on automobile crash on Dysing…

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Jan. 29, 1938 – Jan. 15, 2018 Jacqueline Hargrave Braswell, of Amherst, a teacher and school administrator, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 79. Born in Buffalo, the ninth of 11 children, Jacqueline Hargrave attended School 74 and was a 1955 graduate of Bennett High School. She married Milton C. Braswell Jr. and became the mother…

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March 2, 1953 – Jan. 13, 2018 Paula J. Stockman, chairwoman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, died unexpectedly Saturday in her home in South Dayton. She was 64. The longtime village clerk in South Dayton and a Republican, last year she became the second woman to head the Legislature. Her death surprised county lawmakers. “She seemed to be in very good hea…

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April 8, 1921 – Jan. 12, 2018 Margaret H. Eison, active in Buffalo’s Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church for more than 65 years, died last Friday in Round Rock, Texas, where she had lived for the past few years. She was 96. Born in Waterproof, La., the oldest of three children, former Margaret Harris attended school in Tallulah, La., and came to Buffalo in 1948 with he…

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July 31, 1923 – Jan. 12, 2018 Ken Janish invaded France before the troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He was dropped onto the banks of the Merderet River outside Sainte-Mere-Eglise hours ahead of the arrival of American forces on nearby Omaha and Utah beaches. Despite heavy casualties, his unit - the Army’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment - stopped …

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May 16, 2001 – Jan. 14, 2018 This Christmas, Rachel E. LoFaso bought presents for her entire family from the money she earned at her new job as a clerk at the Jim's Steakout in East Aurora. "She was so proud to be able to do that," her father, Frederic LoFaso said. That was the kind of young woman she was, said her family and friends who are mourning her death. …

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Jan. 29, 1952 – Jan. 11, 2018 Vincent M. Gaughan Jr. had noticed that something was missing during his first decade of doing business in Russia and the former Soviet republics. There were no golf courses. “He thought this might be an opportunity,” said his younger brother, Kevin Gaughan, an attorney and government reform advocate. “He always admired Jack Nicklaus, so…

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May 17, 1939 – Jan. 12, 2018 Louis J. Kaminski of the Town of Tonawanda, a college bookstore manager and musician, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 78. Born in Buffalo, he decided to learn the trumpet as a boy after seeing one of his relatives play one at a wedding. He studied under Harry Slater at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institut…