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Marcos D. Lopez Sr., Hispanic leader, retired foreman April 10, 1922 -- April 9, 2007

A funeral was held Friday for Marcos D. Lopez Sr., a retired foreman at Republic Steel, highly decorated World War II veteran and an early leader of Buffalo's Hispanic community.

Mr. Lopez, of Angola, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 84.

Mr. Lopez attended Hutchinson Central High School and later earned a high school equivalency diploma at age 73.

A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Lopez served in the Coast Guard during World War II and was awarded five Bronze Stars.

He served as commander of Francis A. Lombardo Post 1031, American Legion, and was instrumental in the establishment of Post 1928, American Legion, as well as a Legion post in Brooklyn.

Mr. Lopez was honored by the city in 1960 with a "Good Neighbor" award and presented Puerto Rican cultural programs at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. He was a youth volunteer and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis Club and Community Concern.

Survivors include two daughters, Ana Salas and Benita Lopez-King, and two sons, Marcos Jr. and David.

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