Matthew J. Jasen, 90. Retired senior associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, who eschewed politics and may have lost a chance as chief judge as a result. Feb 11.
Robert E. Rich Sr., 92. Turned the idea of a new coffee creamer into Rich Products Corp., a company with 7,000 employees. Feb. 15.
Donald Herbert, 43. Buffalo firefighter seriously injured in 1990 rescue stunned the nation when he awoke from a 10-year coma-like state and spoke lucidly for the next 16 hours. Feb 21.
Waldemar Kaminski, 88. Anonymously gave millions of dollars to Buffalo charities and neighbors after making a fortune in the stock market while running a food stand in the Broadway Market. June 21.
Dorothy "Dodo" Green, 83. Buffalo institution sang with Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club, recorded on the Blue Note label and spent the last 14 years of her life entertaining at the Anchor Bar. July 21.
Vincent E. Doyle Jr., 73. Brilliant defense attorney, compassionate trial judge and chief administrative judge for the state courts who went out of his way to help young lawyers and law students. Oct. 3.
Monsignor Robert C. Wurtz, 74. Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church in Lackawanna oversaw the renovation of the sanctuary built by Father Nelson H. Baker and was a leading force in the drive to make Father Baker a saint. Dec. 17.