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SEPT. 14, 1922 -- JULY 17, 2004

David J. Corcoran, a retired social worker and World War II veteran, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Corcoran served in the Army as a medical technician during World War II as part of the 2nd Armored Division, known as "Hell on Wheels." He was stationed in England, France, Belgium and Germany.

Mr. Corcoran was a graduate of Canisius College and the University of Buffalo and worked as a clinical social worker at Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 20 years, retiring in 1980.

A resident of Williamsville, he was a history buff and liked all kinds of music, from jazz to opera. He also had a fondness for poetry and was noted for having an appropriate quotation for every occasion.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Betty Tripi; a daughter, Maura of Syracuse; two sons, Michael of Forest City, N.C., and Steven of Tampa, Fla.; and a grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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