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Richard E. Sage, South Buffalo Railway engineer, WWII veteran June 8, 1921 -- Oct. 17, 2008

Richard E. Sage, an engineer on the South Buffalo Railway and a World War II bombardier, died Friday in his Boston home after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, son of a longtime New York Central engineer, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School and served with the Army Air Forces in the Fifth Air Force in the Pacific. He attained the rank of first lieutenant. Returning from service, he attended Cornell University on the GI Bill.

He began working on the South Buffalo Railway in 1950, piloting trains servicing various mills in the Bethlehem Steel complex as well as the Ford Motor Co. Buffalo Stamping Plant. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Sage was a member of Western Star Lodge 1185, Free & Accepted Masons, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting and bird watching. An animal lover, he had many pets over the years.

His wife of 21 years, LaVern Hoffman Sage, died in 1978.

Surviving are two stepsons, Victor Hoffman and Thomas Hoffman; two stepdaughters, Mary Crotty and LaVern Hoehman; and a brother, Glenn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.


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