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April 12, 1946 – Oct. 6, 2017 Michael R. Hayhurst, owner and captain of the Miss Buffalo and Niagara Clipper cruise boats, died Friday in his Orchard Park home after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 71. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1964 graduate of Bishop Timon High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He served i…

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June 22, 1924 – Oct. 5, 2017 Janet G. Collins, a homemaker and dedicated volunteer, died Thursday in Northgate Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, where she had lived since 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was 93. The former Janet Katharine Gibbons was born in Buffalo and grew up on Linwood Avenue. She graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Buffalo and earned a …

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Sept. 18, 1934 – Sept. 16, 2017 Steve G. Cottis, a chemist and inventor with numerous patents, died Sept. 16 in Westampton, N.J., following a stroke. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children of Greek immigrants, Mr. Cottis was an outstanding student and graduated early from Bennett High School in 1950. Entering the University of Buffalo at the age …

May 31, 1917 – Oct. 4, 2017 Matthew Joseph Duggan, a World War II veteran and retired Buffalo school principal, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 100. Born in Buffalo, the oldest of 10 children, he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and South Park High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo…

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Oct. 4, 1955 – Oct. 7, 2017 As a maintenance mechanic, James P. Souter made sure the equipment at the General Mills plant operated smoothly to produce freshly baked cereal around the clock. He worked mostly behind the scenes in his primary job, which he held for more than 25 years. But he also had a highly visible presence in the community through his avocation as …

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May 8, 1931-Sept. 24, 2017 Loree Alan Dean Paulson, an engineer who was the last head of the Worthington Compressor plant in Buffalo, died Sept. 24 in the Greenfields in Lancaster. He was 86. Mr. Paulson was vice president and general manager of the Worthington plant at Clinton Street and Roberts Avenue when it was closed by its corporate parent in 1987, eliminati…

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Oct. 21, 1925 -- Oct. 2, 2017 Paul H. MacClennan, an award-winning Buffalo News reporter and environmental columnist, died Monday in Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca after a short illness. He was 91. Born on Oct. 21, 1925, in Providence, R.I., he grew up in Catskill, N.Y. He interrupted his studies as a journalism major at Syracuse University to volunteer as …

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Dec. 28, 1924 – Sept. 30, 2017 Col. Earl E. Kramer, a World War II veteran who served for 39 years in the Army and Army Reserve, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School and was drafted into the Army in March 1943. He took part in the Normandy Invasion, landing on …

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July 10, 1929 – Oct. 4, 2017 Douglas R. Bunker spent 27 years as a professor at the University at Buffalo, where he taught social psychology and management, co-authored a book and published research. Then he decided to try his hand at farming. In the late 1970s, Dr. Bunker and his wife, Barbara, bought a sheep farm in the hills of the Town of Hanover. They event…

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Oct. 23, 1924 – Oct. 2, 2017 Rita Biondo, a retired telephone company worker who was active as a union official, died Monday in Elderwood at Cheektowaga after a brief illness. She was 92. Born in Buffalo, the former Rita J. Panek was a graduate of Riverside High School. After raising five children, she began working for New York Telephone Co. as an operator in 1…

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Jan. 13, 1940 – Oct. 2, 2017 Philip John Beebe, of North Tonawanda, a retired Cataract Glass Co. worker, died Monday in Hospice Niagara, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 77. Born in Niagara Falls, the fourth of seven children, he was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School. Mr. Beebe was a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trad…

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May 3, 1941 -- Oct. 1, 2017 In Buffalo for the summer while studying at Ohio University, John Hoskins stopped into a Twin Fair store to buy a copy of the hit TV theme, “Mr. Lucky.” Cashing him out was another Ohio University student, Susan Smith, whose father a few years earlier had acquired Curtis Screw Co., which made machined parts for manufacturers. They b…

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Bertram C. Hoffman devoted countless hours to his volunteer passion over the last four decades. Family members called it his "guilty pleasure," as he even skipped family dinners to attend events for the local chapter of the Jewish War Veterans. Mr. Hoffman joined the group in 1978, as its youngest member. As his daughter Jessica recalled, "When I was a little kid and he…

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Playing drums was the elixir of life for Lou Marino, one of the giants of Buffalo jazz. In recent years, despite declining health, he was rejuvenated when the music started. “When he played the drums,” his wife JoAnn says, “he never felt out of breath and he always had energy.” His last performance was in August. He was scheduled to play two weekends ago i…

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July 2, 1922 - Sept. 21, 2017 Not only was Dr. Richard H. Adler a prominent and well-regarded surgeon in the Buffalo area for over 30 years, he also was cerebral, musically inclined, a natural athlete and handsome, to boot. As if all that wasn't enough, the founder and director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Buffalo General Hospital also possessed an im…