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Edith Doyle, bookkeeper for family paint business, organized sports outings

June 23, 1933 – Jan. 31, 2016

Edith “Edie” Doyle of East Amherst, who worked for her family business, died Sunday in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness. She was 82.

Born in Albany, the former Edith Cross was a 1955 graduate of Elmira College and remained strongly connected, returning frequently for alumni events and serving on the Alumni Board.

After college, she worked as a stewardess for Mohawk Airlines. After raising her children, she was a bookkeeper for about 20 years for her family’s business, E.J. Doyle Paint Co. on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.

Mrs. Doyle enjoyed organizing groups for sports outings. There were Edie’s ski groups at Glenwood Acres and Kissing Bridge, Edie’s golf groups at the Audubon Golf Course and Edie’s tennis groups. She served as president of the Suburban Women’s Golf Association.

She met her husband of 58 years, Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame sailor Elmer J. “Skip,” at the Rochester Yacht Club and frequently was a member of his racing crews aboard their boats Warlock and Rockin’ Chair. For several years, they maintained a winter home in Punta Gorda, Fla.

She enjoyed entertaining and cooking for large groups. She also encouraged singalongs at parties while she played the piano.

“She was always on the move,” her son Chris said. “She was always putting together trips for the ladies or doing something for her alma mater.”

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Kevin, Chris and Peter; two sisters, Nancy O’Donahue and Rosemarie Tuttle; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial Mass and celebration of her life are being planned for April.

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