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Thomas Joseph Jr. was born in South Carolina, served as a Bulgarian and Russian interpreter during the Korean War and spent 20 years in Buffalo as personnel officer for the Veterans Administration.

Joseph, 63, died Friday (Oct. 17, 1997) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness.

A graduate of South Carolina State University, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as an interpreter.

He left the service and was a Social Security caseworker before coming to Buffalo in 1974 to serve as personnel officer for the VA. He retired in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gwendolyn McArthur; a daughter, Lori Ann Boylan of Davis, Calif.; a son, Thomas III of Kenmore; his mother, Margaret of Bay Shore; a sister, Melba A. McCray of Georgia; a brother, Clarence of Greenville, S.C.; and a grandson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.[frbnks]

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