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LIPFORD, Benjamin Matthew "Benny"
LIPFORD - Benjamin Matthew "Benny"
Age 89, of Buffalo, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his residence. Benjamin was born May 24, 1928, the son of Harry Benjamin Lipford and Helena Dalton in Buffalo, NY. He attended Hutchinson Central Technical High School and graduated from there in 1946. He furthered his education at the University of Buffalo where he studied science and pledged with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. In 1952, Benjamin was drafted into the U.S. Army and served a two-year term in Hokkaido, Japan. While stationed in Japan, he worked as a reporter in the 1st Calvary Division. He married his college sweetheart, Audrey Hankins, on September 10th, 1955, before graduating a year later with his bachelor's. The couple made their home in Williamsville, NY, where they raised three daughters. After going on to complete a MS degree in Rehab counseling in 1970 he later earned his MBA in 1984. Benjamin worked as a biochemist at Edgar J. Meyer Hospital (now ECMC) for 35 years and was a part -time rehab counselor at a Rap center on Elmwood in Buffalo. After retiring in 1993, he volunteered for Crisis Services of Buffalo for 5 years. He was a devoted and caring member of St. Luke A.M.E. Zion church, President of the Men's Club and Trustee Board.
Benjamin is survived by his wife, Audrey P. Hankins Lipford; children, Audrey H. Lipford, Benita P. Lipford and Jacqueline E. Lipford Kraus, wife of Richard F. Kraus; and two grandchildren, Catherine H. Kraus and Richard B. Kraus. Friends may call at THOMAS T. EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 995 Genesee St., Thursday July 13, 2017 from 7-9 PM. The family will receive friends Friday, July 14, 2017 11 AM at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 314 East Ferry St., where funeral services will follow at 12 noon. Rev. Cary L. Beckwith officiating. Interment with Military Honors in Forest Lawn Cemetery.