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Donald J. McPhee Sr., longtime News employee

Dec. 20, 1937 – June 18, 2017

Whether it was working as an office boy for the Butler family or serving customers as a district manager, Donald J. McPhee Sr. was always proud of what he did for a living.

Proud enough to spend 46 years doing it at The Buffalo News.

Mr. McPhee, a longtime district manager, died Sunday at his home in Alden. He was 79.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. McPhee joined The News as an office boy and worked directly for the Butler family, the News' publishers at the time.

He was later promoted to the newspaper's layout section and, after a stint in the military, joined the Circulation Department, where he spent the lion's share of his career as a district manager.

Mr. McPhee served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, rising to the rank of sergeant.

After his retirement in 2000, he helped run a business that sold slates and other artwork at local craft shows.

Mr. McPhee is survived by several family members and friends.






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