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James L. Doldan, saxophonist, teacher, athlete

Aug. 18, 1935 – June 18, 2015

James L. Doldan, a saxophonist, long-distance bicyclist and teacher of industrial arts and technology in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district, died Thursday at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga. He was 79.

Mr. Doldan, who earned a master’s degree in education at the University at Buffalo, was known for playing saxophone in local bands and was a regular at the Colored Musicians Club.

While attending Buffalo Technical High School, he competed in cross-country running.

As an adult athlete, he participated in local cycling events and once traveled from Kenmore to Caldwell, N.J., and Massachusetts.

A former Mason and member of the Lions Club, he loved to play tennis, golf and billiards. Mr. Doldan attended Kenmore Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by a sister, Betty Barrett; three brothers, Joseph, Robert and Arthur; two daughters, Sheri Holda and Linda Haigle; and six sons, Christopher, James, David, Michael, Paul and Sean West.

A funeral service will follow visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lombardo Funeral Home, 899 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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