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Thomas Drake Jr., 29, an employee of Sellmore Industries, died Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2002) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a lengthy illness.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Drake, 48, was a graduate of East High School. He worked at Sellmore from 1972 until last year.

Drake was a member of Second Baptist Church of Lackawanna and assisted with the church's Youth Ministry. He also served on the usher board at First Timothy Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Buffalo; a son, Costello V. of Buffalo; his parents, Thomas Sr. and Audrey of Buffalo; four sisters, Gwendolyn Henderson, Sharon McDue and Angela Blue, all of Buffalo, and Deanna Salter of Detroit; and a grandmother, Catherine Barnett of Buffalo.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in United Memorial Funeral Home, 3272 Bailey Ave. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.


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