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A Memorial Mass for architect Donald W. Love, a Buffalo native associated with the design and construction of many Western New York landmark buildings, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.

Love, 79, died Thursday (April 21, 1994) after a long illness.

His architectural career spanned 59 years, starting with work for the City of Buffalo after his graduation from the University of Notre Dame.

He soon joined the architectural firm of Backus & Crane, which later became Backus, Crane & Love.

He was involved in a series of major building projects in Western New York, including the National Gypsum Building, the St. Bonaventure University Library, the renovation of War Memorial Stadium and the Dante Place housing projects, which were later renamed the Marine Drive Apartments.

His work also included numerous churches, schools, hotels, restaurants and parking ramps, and he collaborated on the design of the Rath County Office Building.

An architect with a strong interest in low-income housing and in residential design for the disabled, Love maintained a practice in Williamsville for the past 25 years.

A Bennett High School graduate, he served with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II as a radar officer aboard the destroyer USS Shea. He was injured at Okinawa.

Love was long active in the Erie County Democratic Party and the local Notre Dame Alumni Club. He served as a district chairman for several Catholic Charities campaigns.

He was a member of both the University Club and the Buffalo Athletic Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Edward of Petaluma, Calif., and Gordon of Eggertsville; two daughters, Linda Toth of Freemont, Calif., and Maureen Maliszewski of Eggertsville; and eight grandchildren.


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