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Aug. 13, 1926 – April 10, 2018 Catherine P. DiMino, of Niagara Falls, wife of a founder of Tops Friendly Markets and active in community affairs, died April 10 in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston. She was 91. Born in Washington, Pa., the former Catherine Colosi came to Niagara Falls with her father in 1943. Working for Nabisco’s Shredded Wheat plant, she was noted…

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July 25, 1937 – March 9, 2018 Growing up in Niles, Ohio, Dick Grainger developed his first passion, for boating. He began sailing with his parents and, by the time he was in high school, he was racing a home-built hydroplane and a succession of sailboats. He discovered his second passion in college. On winter excursions to Vermont, he fell in love with skiing. Not…

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Dec. 28, 1936 – April 14, 2018 When Carol J. Brandon became the first Democratic Lewiston town clerk in 1998, she rejected suggestions that she replace the Republican deputy clerks with people from her party. “She always made the point that it was not a political job," her son, Bob Pokrzyk, said. "As town clerk, she was a record keeper. Her deputies were both from th…

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March 14, 1995 - April 11, 2018 It would surprise no one who had ever met William V. Peters III that the guy who had worked as a butler and had a degree in hospitality offered drinks and snacks on a table, complete with tablecloth, in his hospital room to the staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. "Everybody was overwhelmed by him," said his mother, Barbara L. Peter…

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Jan. 2, 1936 – April 13, 2018 Robert S. Byrne Sr., a Buffalo firefighter, died April 13 in Mercy Hospital. He was 82. Mr. Byrne, of West Seneca, was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bishop Timon High School. He served in the Army in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He worked as a firefighter for the City of Buffalo for 26 years, retiring in 1991 from the Ladder 1…

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Frank A. Wukovits, a champion marksman, was under care at Hospice Buffalo when he died Thursday at age 89. Six hours later, his oldest son, Martin Wukovits, suffered a fatal heart attack, dying the same day. He was 65. A joint Mass of Christian Burial will be held for both men at 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Chee…

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Sept. 20, 1937 - April 7, 2018 Reginald B. Newman II, 80, passed away peacefully at his winter home in Vero Beach, Fla. on April 7, 2018. Reg was born September 20, 1937, to Reginald B. and Ethel L. Newman in Buffalo, New York. He attended Kenmore and Tonawanda schools. He was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track) and president of the Kenmore Varsity Cl…

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Nov. 22, 1961 – April 9, 2018 Doug Henry was still in high school when he started his first enterprise, D&H Builders. His early projects involved making improvements to add-on rooms in mobile homes in Leisurewood Campground in Newstead, where his parents had a trailer. “He put insulation in them,” said his brother, Robert, who worked with him for many years. “…

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Aug. 29, 1916 – April 9, 2018 Nellie A. Eliah, a working owner of Taffy’s, a popular hot dog stand in Orchard Park, for 68 years, died Monday in her Orchard Park home after a brief illness. She was 101. Born in Buffalo, the former Nellie Dewan was the oldest of seven children of Lebanese immigrants. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, then was a clerk in a f…

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April 7, 1939 - March 12, 2018 A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Kaiser Funeral Home, 1050 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island for Howard "Howie" Benns, a Buffalo native who became a world champion hydroplane racer. Mr. Benns died March 12 in his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., following a long illness. He was 78. A graduate of…

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July 5, 1939 - April 9, 2018 David T. Deyell, an Army veteran who worked almost half his life for Niagara Mohawk and was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the City of Tonawanda for more than 40 years, died Monday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness. He was 78. Born in Cheektowaga, Mr. Deyell was a 1957 graduate of Cleveland Hil…

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Dec. 14, 1927 – March 26, 2018 Duane Juel “Bunny” Andersen, professor emerita of design at SUNY Buffalo State, died March 26 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 90. Born in Hornell, she was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1949 and a master’s degree in art fro…

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Feb. 26, 1941 – April 4, 2018 In the 1958 Gowanda High School yearbook, all the graduating seniors declared their ambitions underneath their pictures. For James W. Smith, it was: “To own a dog that wins Best in Show.” Little did he realize how well he would succeed. By the time he was honored by the American Kennel Club as Breeder of the Year in 2012, he had prod…

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David M. Downing didn't start with the family business right away. But after he came aboard Towne Automotive Group, he helped grow the auto dealer group into one of the largest in Western New York. Mr. Downing held a series of jobs at Towne during his more than two decades with the business, but he found his niche when he was named chief financial officer about nine …

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Sept. 20, 1937 - April 7, 2018 Reg Newman believed in people, and he found his biggest rewards when quietly helping someone who was in need, never asking for recognition. In addition to helping to build his family business, NOCO Energy Corp., Mr. Newman was proud to be a booster of Buffalo business and civic organizations and his family. He even put it on his busines…