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Mark E. O'Riley, editor, store owner Dec. 4, 1916 -- Dec. 3, 2006

Mark E. O'Riley, longtime editor of the Buffalo Criterion and an East Side business owner, died Sunday in his Buffalo home. He was 89.

Born in Nova Scotia, Mr. O'Riley served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw action in Europe.

He worked as a porter for the New York Central Railroad after the war until the closing of the Central Terminal.

For 40 years, Mr. O'Riley was familiar to East Side residents as editor and columnist for the weekly Buffalo Criterion. For 45 years, he operated two five-and-dime stores, E&M Variety, with locations on Genesee Street and Broadway.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Archibald; a sister, Alice Safir; and a brother, Raphael "Ray."

His funeral will be at noon Friday in Memorial Chapel, 66 E. Utica St.


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