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Sept. 11, 1925 – May 30, 2017 Jane C. Wrobel, of Buffalo, former co-owner and operator of a hobby shop in Black Rock, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 91. Born in Buffalo, the sixth of 12 children, the former Jane Mazur attended Assumption Elementary School and worked at the former Gates Laundry. Mrs. Wrobel joined her husband, Edward J., in operati…

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Jan. 3, 1920 – May 26, 2017 Phyllis J. Shapiro, an avid crafter who turned her hobby into a career as manager of fabric and craft stores, died last Friday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. She was 97. Born in Buffalo, the former Phyllis Siegel was a 1938 graduate of Lafayette High School and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from t…

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April 18, 1957 – May 28, 2017 Winning was an important thing for Timothy W. Dyrek, of Kenmore, who coached several championship parochial high school basketball teams during a career of more than 30 years, but it wasn’t the only thing. In addition to skills on the court, he emphasized the importance of sportsmanship and good character. His motto, repeated on his T…

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Dec. 13, 1925 – March 12, 2017 Richard N. Blewett, a Buffalo attorney for more than 65 years, died March 12 in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 91. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of five children, he attended Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School and was a 1942 graduate of Lafayette High School. Unable to enlist in the Navy officers training progra…

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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 const…

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 in…

Sept. 21, 1934 - Dec. 28, 2016 Donald P. Henry of Clarence, who served as senior vice president at the former Empire of America Federal Savings Bank, died Wednesday in hospice at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Canisius College. A certified public accountant, Mr. He…

June 27, 1932 -  Dec. 22, 2016 Dr. Augustine E. Diji, a native of Ghana, West Africa and one of the first black psychiatrists to open a private practice in the City of Buffalo, died Dec. 22 at his home following a long illness. Dr. Diji, of Amherst,  received his bachelor of science degree in physics in 1958 in Ghana. He then continued his education at Queens Univers…

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“There’s no people like show people, they smile when they are low,” wrote Irving Berlin. Berlin, no stranger to Buffalo, should have been at E.B. Green’s Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Thursday evening, when piano legend Jackie Jocko showed how spot-on those lyrics were. Jocko was dealing with real heartbreak. His lifelong friend Joe Peters – whom he referred…

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Aug. 30, 1945 – Feb. 19, 2015 Gary Darling, who brought a commanding stage presence and wry humor to roles large and small during a productive five-year stint on the Buffalo theater scene, died Thursday in the hospice unit at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville after a long illness. He was 69. Mr. Darling moved to Buffalo in 2007, earning his first major role on a loc…