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Jan. 30, 1948 – March 16, 2017 Eugene E. “Geno” Fix, a founder and owner with Buffalo Airport Taxi, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Lancaster home. He was 69. Born in Buffalo, the fourth of five children, he attended Our Lady Help of Christians School, was a 1966 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School and earned an associate’s degree from Erie County Te…

Jan. 12, 1945 – March 12, 2017 Robert C. Oshei Jr., a retired company president and chief executive officer who led Fibron Products Inc., died on March 12 at his home in Franklinville in Cattaraugus County. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Oshei graduated from Hoosac School High School in Hoosick Falls. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Hobart College…

Feb. 1, 1929 – March 19, 2017 Julius “Joe” Diamond shared his Holocaust survival story with more than 15,000 local middle- and high-school students over the years --  telling them about his forced deportation from eastern Czechoslovakia, his arrival in the Auschwitz death camp, his mother and younger brother going to the gas chamber and his subsequent liberation …

Dec. 31, 1924 – March 18, 2017 The Rev. J. Donald Monan, the Blasdell native who, as the longest-serving president of Boston College, transformed it into one of the leading Catholic colleges in the nation, died Saturday in Weston, Mass. He was 92. Boston College had debt of more than $30 million and an endowment of just $6 million when Rev. Monan became its 24th pr…

By Dan Barry NEW YORK – Jimmy Breslin, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years with brick-hard words and a jagged-glass wit, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88, and until very recently, was still pushing somebody’s buttons with two-finger jabs at his keyb…

By Terence McArdle Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90. St. Charles County police announced t…

Dec. 16, 1922 - March 11, 2017 Wells E. Knibloe, a prominent Buffalo attorney, died last Saturday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 94. Born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Fillmore, he was a graduate of Fillmore Central High School and was drafted into the Army while attending Houghton College in 1943. He served at Aberdeen Proving Grounds…

Jan. 23, 1933 – March 13, 2017 Dr. Paul Himmelsbach Potter, 84, an obstetrician and gynecologist, died unexpectedly Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was a Buffalo native, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover. Dr. Potter also attended Princeton University and McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam…

Feb. 28, 1925 – Feb. 25, 2017 Harold C. Steinwachs, retired accounting supervisor at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, died Feb. 25 in Spring Hills Hunters Creek in Orlando, Fla., after a short illness. He was 91. Born in Buffalo, he attended Blessed Trinity School and Bennett High School. He was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School. An Army veteran …

Dec. 6, 2006 - March 15, 2017 He loved helping his dad and uncle on the family farm. Fishing with his grandfather. Taking care of his little brother and sister. Four-wheeling with his cousins in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Playing outdoors and indoors - on his iPad. And anything related to Star Wars. Benjamin D. Wasik of Pendleton was a kind and helpfu…

Sept. 15, 1926 – March 7, 2017 Vera Coppard-Leibovic had a cause, to educate others about the horrors of the Holocaust, and nothing would stop her from sharing her own experiences, as one of about 10,000 children to escape the Nazis on the Kindertransport trains. A couple of months ago, when her health worsened, she insisted that if others wanted her to be included…

March 23, 1929 – March 7, 2017 Thomas Todaro, of Cheektowaga, a retired printer and professional musician, died last Tuesday in Williamsville View Manor after a long illness. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1947 graduate of Hutchinson Central High School. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the National Guard band, playing tenor, alto and soprano s…

March 12, 1924 – Dec. 15, 2016 Patrick A. Higgins, a retired human resources director, died Dec. 15 in Wells Hospice House at Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 92. A Toledo native, Mr. Higgins came to the Buffalo area with his family in 1939, attended Amherst High School and, thanks to a benefactor, William C. Baird, spent his senior year at Phillips Exe…

Sept. 18, 1939 – March 11, 2017 David C. Forness, former owner of Gabriel’s Gate and other Buffalo restaurants, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. He was 77. His success with the Buffalo House, a property he and a partner acquired and remodeled on Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo, was the model for his subsequent …