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Traces of the lives of those lost on the Titanic can still be seen today in Western New York. Among them

*The grave of Edward Austin Kent in Forest Lawn is nestled near the resting places of many of the city's socially prominent citizens of the turn-of-the-century. Ask at the cemetery office for directions to Kent's grave. (Unlike many disaster victims, Kent's tombstone states not only when he died but where -- on board the Titanic.)

*The opulent Buffalo Club at 388 Delaware Ave., Kent's residence at the time of his death, has been a tony address in the city for generations.

*Many buildings designed by Kent have been torn down, among them the former Temple Beth Zion in downtown Buffalo. Also gone is the Flint and Kent department store at 544 Main St. It was closed in the 1950s and razed to make way for new development; Rotary Rink occupies the place where the dry goods store used to stand.

However, Kent's artistic talent can still be seen in the grace and beauty of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry, which Kent designed about a decade before the Titanic trip. Evocative of English country churches, and filled with oak woodwork and Indiana limestone, the building is both grand and personable, inspiring and welcoming. The church is open for services on Sundays at 11 a.m. (after June 17, 10 a.m.); tours are available by calling the church office at 885-2136.

*A film and virtual exhibit on the life of Edward A. Kent will be shown today starting at 3 p.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Court in the city. The project is the work of the Canisius College Video Institute and was created by students Richard Lunghino and Erik Taheri. The event is free and open to the public.

*Not much remains to bear witness to the brief life of young Henry Sutehall, other than faded photographs and family memories. One glimpse at his life, however, can be found in Kenmore, at 2852 Delaware Ave., the location where his mother, Mrs. Sutehall, operated a confectionery and ice-cream shop for many years. Today it is a fitness center.

-- Charity Vogel