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Edward M. Dee, owner of 8 harness racing horses ; March 1, 1938 -- Dec. 16, 2010

Edward M. Dee, of Alden, a longtime harness racing enthusiast, died Thursday after a seven-month illness in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Dee was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association and was part-owner and served as corresponding officer for Cadesway Stable of Alden. He owned eight trotting horses that competed at Hamburg and Batavia tracks.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Dee was a communications expert and was based in the Philippines.

For 33 years, he drove a truck as a member of Teamsters Local 375 and retired in 1995. He was employed by trucking companies including Branch, Dixie-Ohio, Carolina Freight and ABF.

Mr. Dee also served as a youth hockey team manager. He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Eileen Manley; a son, David; and two sisters, Sandra Hristovski and Kathleen McQuatt.

Services will be at 10 a.m.

today in Melvin J. Sliwinski

Funeral Home, 5090 Transit Road, Depew.

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