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.