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Thomas F. Gilbride Sr., manager, restaurant owner ; March 25, 1936 -- Jan. 19, 2011

Thomas F. Gilbride Sr. of Derby, an office manager and restaurant owner, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 74.

Mr. Gilbride was born in Scranton, Pa., and moved to Western New York with his family as a child. He grew up in Lackawanna. When his father died, he quit school and went to work to help support his family.

In 1958, Mr. Gilbride joined the Air Force and earned his general equivalency diploma. He left the Air Force in 1962 as an airman first class.

Mr. Gilbride then went to work for Coverall Service & Supply, where he started as a truck driver and worked his way up to office manager. At the same time, he attended night school, earning his bachelor's degree in management from the University at Buffalo in 1974.

In 1981, Mr. Gilbride and his wife, the former Judith McPartlan, opened McPartlan's South in Blasdell. After a fire in 1986, they moved the restaurant to Lackawanna. It closed in 1992.

Mr. Gilbride was active in Hamburg Council 2220, Knights of Columbus, and served as grand knight from 1976 to 1978. He also served as a scoutmaster in Boy Scouts during the 1970s.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by three sons, Thomas Jr., Terrence and Brian; a daughter, Colleen L. Vail; and two brothers, Kevin and Francis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Mary of the Lake Parish, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Town of Hamburg. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road.

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