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Dwight Thomas Hayes of Buffalo, a photoengraver at The Buffalo News who loved working with kids, died Friday (Nov. 22, 2002) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a brief illness. He was 50.

Born in Atoka, Tenn., Hayes, known to many of his friends as "Duke," moved to Buffalo in 1967 and was a 1970 graduate of McKinley High School.

He served briefly in the Marine Corps before beginning work in 1971 as a photoengraver at The News, where he served an apprenticeship during high school. He was shop steward for Local 261, Graphic Communications International Union.

Hayes realized the importance of sports in kids' lives and was a football and baseball coach with Buffalo Vets for more than 20 years, also serving the organization as its president.

He was also a body builder and worked as a private fitness trainer out of the Buffalo Athletic Club.

Hayes is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Stephanie T. Nowlin; two daughters, Nicole Johnson and Monique O., both of Buffalo; a son, Dwight M. of Buffalo; his stepfather, Elsol Weaver of Buffalo; mother-in-law, Ruth Nowlin; three sisters, Barbara Moore and Elaine Hill, both of Milwaukee, and Alpina Taylor of East Amherst; five brothers, Gregory Weaver of Buffalo, Michael Smith of St. Louis and Malachi Hayes, Oscar Hayes and Rickey Weaver, all of Milwaukee; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday in Day Spring Church of God Prophecy, 2828 Bailey Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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