June 6, 1931 – Sept. 4, 2016
Robert K. Doran, of Amherst, retired owner of the old Town & Country pharmacy in Depew and an active volunteer, died Sunday in Elderwood at Williamsville, Amherst, after a one-month illness. He was 85.
Married for 62 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Nina Quagliana, Mr. Doran owned and operated the Town & Country pharmacy on Transit Road from 1960 until 1988.
“He was proud of being a pharmacist,” recalled his son, Thomas Doran. “It all started in high school, when he asked my mother what she wanted to be. She said, ‘I’m going to be a pharmacist,’ and he said, ‘I am, too.’ ”
Raised in Buffalo, Mr. Doran graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy.
Mr. Doran worked for several years as a salesman for a prescription drug company before starting his own pharmacy in Depew.
He was proud of his store’s success in taking on bigger competitors from national chains, and he enjoyed running the expansive gift shop at the pharmacy.
Mr. Doran enjoyed wine tasting and travel, and was a gourmet cook who enjoyed making unusual meals for guests, his son said.
He was active in the Pharmacy Association of Western New York and organized local pharmacy owners and employees to participate in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
Mr. Doran was a choir member, Holy Name Society member and Eucharistic minister at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst and also at St. Lucy Church in Boca Raton, Fla., where he and his wife spent time in the winter.
Surviving in addition to his wife and son are two daughters, Deborah Webber and Susan Mendzef; two sisters, Patricia Arena and Katie Watters; a brother, Thomas J.; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, at Maple Road, Amherst.