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Thomas L. Kam, multisport athlete, coach and referee

Aug. 8, 1940 – Nov. 15, 2017

Thomas L. Kam, a standout high school athlete who went on to coach municipal league teams, died Wednesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kam was an All-Western New York baseball, basketball and football player at West Seneca High School in 1956-57.

He lived in Depew and was a machinist, working for 35 years for Niagara Machine and Tool Works, until his retirement in 1995.

Mr. Kam was inducted into the WNY Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He was a baseball coach for St. Francis High School and manager for the Muny AAA Mustangs, the Muny AAABA Pignataro’s team and the Depew team in the American Legion League. He coached youth hockey for the Dusty Rovers and Depew Saints.

He also worked with the Depew Recreation Department as a hockey and basketball referee, a baseball and softball umpire, and a youth counselor.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Arlene Kania, in 2007.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey; two daughters, Denise Smolarek and Michele Pascoe; a brother, Michael; a sister, Carolyn; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

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