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Sept. 28, 1953 – May 20, 2017 Al Litto’s career as one of the Buffalo area’s leading tennis teachers and coaches began when he played hooky from Mass one Sunday when he was 15. Instead of taking the bus from his home in Kenmore to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, he and his brother, Bill, hopped a bus in the other direction and spent the morning looking around the c…

Feb. 11, 1936 - May 10, 2017 Dr. Anthony M. Yurchak, who worked for over 40 years at Buffalo Amherst Allergy Associates as an allergist and immunologist, co-authored many research papers and lectured at local hospitals and the National Institutes of Health. He was also a dedicated family man who took pleasure in publishing a family memoir for his children. Proud of …

July 2, 1926 – May 13, 2017  Louis J. Lambert always was surrounded by music. His parents were singers and performers in the dramatic circle at the former St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Buffalo. He lent his voice to the Amherst Male Glee Club for more than 50 years. He was lead and baritone vocalist with the South Suburbanaires, a barbershop quartet w…

Feb. 17, 1931 – May 15, 2017 Theatergoers will recognize her name immediately. Joan Kostick Andrews and her husband, Peter Connors Andrews, provided the major gift in 1998 that allowed the Irish Classical Theatre Company to complete construction of its current venue, the Andrews Theatre, on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. But her philanthropy and other supp…

Nov. 6, 1931 - May 18, 2017 George F. "Nick" Phillips Jr., a distinguished investment manager for more than six decades, died Thursday at Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. He was 85. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Phillips was the namesake son of George F. Phillips Sr., an early partner in Phillips Lytle LLP, and Mary Weston Phillips. He was a graduate of Nic…

Feb. 22, 1926 - May 19, 2017 Helen Dent Lenahan, a nationally acclaimed equestrian and philanthropist and the daughter of the founder of the former Durez Plastics and Chemical Company, died Friday at Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 91. A devoted equestrian since early childhood, Ms. Dent Lenahan owned more than 100 horses and ponies …

Jan. 2, 1927 – May 12, 2017  Dorothy Morgan never served a meal on paper plates. “She loved to entertain,” her niece Sharon K. Kelly says. “And when she did it, it was just exquisite. She pulled out all of her good china for her family and friends.” She applied the same standards when it came to serving her clients in Catering by Morgan, the business th…

Dec. 1, 1938 – May 9, 2017 Kathleen I. Cozzarelli, a tax accountant and active volunteer, died in her North Buffalo home May 9. She was 78. Born in Jersey City, N.J., the former Kathleen Isabella Burke graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and completed the Graduate Tax Program at the University at Buffalo. Mrs. Cozzare…

Aug. 3, 1935 – May 12, 2017 Jacques Daniel Kern Sr., of East Aurora, a retired financial services representative, died Friday under hospice care in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 81. Born in Buffalo, he attended Park School for primary grades and Nichols School for middle school. After graduating from Orchard Park High School in 1953, he enlisted …

Brad Grey, the University at Buffalo graduate-turned-Hollywood mogul, died May 14 after a battle with cancer. He was 59. Grey was most recently chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. He left that position in February after 12 years. Deal-making has been Grey’s forte ever since the late 1970s, when he was a University at Buffalo student working for then-concert pr…

  Sept. 29, 1925 - May 12, 2017 John H. Stetter, a decorated Army veteran of World Ward II, died at his Buffalo home Friday at the age of 91. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Stetter was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery while serving in the U.S. Army in the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns of World War II. He grew up in the city's …

March 14, 1939 -- May 11, 2017 In retirement, Marshall W. Young took on a new cause by volunteering at the William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center at 585 William St. There were dances, picnics and trips to organize, and a children's program to fund. He also sang with the Senior Gospel Choir. "He enjoyed people," said Young's life partner, Gwendolyn Meadows of Williamsvi…

Oct. 4, 1925 – May 2, 2017 A World War II battle with German machine gunners landed Daniel F. Stackpoole in a military hospital for four months in 1945. Pvt. Stackpoole of the Ninth Infantry Division, eventually healed from the wound to his upper thigh. But many other young men perished in the battle, and Mr. Stackpoole struggled with guilt over his own survival. H…

Feb. 19, 1941 – Feb. 2, 2017 Dr. Peter A. Nickerson taught for nearly 50 years in the University at Buffalo's department of pathology and anatomical sciences, and in all that time his most popular course might have been an honors seminar he taught for several years called, "What They Died From." A Buffalo police homicide investigator walked the students through a …

Dec. 15, 1958 - May 4, 2017 Regular listeners of the former WEBR 970 AM Radio back in the early 1980s likely remember the mellifluous speaking voice of Ann M. Reynolds Carden. It was well-modulated and honey-toned, with just a hint of the lilt of her native Martinsburg, W. Va. Carden, who later moved from the field of broadcast journalism to public relations before l…