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Joseph Hogues, 77, 'selfless' philanthropist and handyman

Jan. 30, 1941 - Jan. 22, 2019

Joseph Hogues was an "avid" philanthropist who loved to help individuals in the community who were trying to get ahead, his family said.

He did handyman work and often didn't charge customers. He would give away money to young people in need. He volunteered for the Food Bank at New Covenant United Church of Christ for more than 15 years.

"That's what he did. He was selfless," said Mr. Hogues' son, Timothy, commissioner of Erie County Senior Services.

Joseph Hogues died Jan. 22 in his Buffalo home following a short illness. He was 77.

Born in Quincy, Fla., he moved to Buffalo in his late teens or early 20s, his son said. Mr. Hogues attended night school and graduated from Bennett High School.

For about 25 years, he was a construction worker with Laborers Union Local 210. He retired in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Hogues also was a member of the Buffalo Democratic Committee for seven years.

He loved to read.

In addition to his son, Timothy, Mr. Hogues is survived by his wife of 53 years, Esther Mae; sons Verdell, Jameel and Jamal; two daughters, Tracy and Laila; and two brothers, Samuel and Bryant.

A wake will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave., followed by a memorial service at 11.

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