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VELLA - John Principal, Educator, Coach, and Mentor John Vella touched lives in his inimitable way and indelibly left his mark on this world forever. On Friday, September 28, 2018, Mr. Vella passed away after a brief illness. His extraordinary life and mythical personality will be sadly missed. He was truly one-of-a-kind. In 1969, after graduating from the University at Bu…

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BRUDO - Deborah Ann June 16, 1961 - May 22, 2018. Originally from Lake View, NY, Deb resided in Atlanta, Georgia for the past 24 years. She is survived by her mother, Carol Kraus, sister Kimberly Bracco, nephew Joshua Bracco, niece Stephanie Bracco, uncle Reverend Lawrence Greeno. She was predeceased by her father Robert Brudo, uncles Reverend George Greeno, Gary Greeno an…

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ELLISON - Dr. John William Former UB professor born 12/6/1941 - died 9/11/2018. John William Ellison, 76 years, of Charlotte, NC, passed away in Novant Health Harris Hospice Unit on September 11, 2018, after a valiant three-month battle against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. John was born in Darke County, Ohio on December 6, 1941, to Lena Beatrice (Sites) and Clarence Ellison. He a…

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FAIRTY - Alice Ann (nee Trainor) Passed away on September 2, 2018 in Cameron Park, Ca. Alice was born in Buffalo, New York on May 8, 1941 to Frank and Jane (Nolan) Trainor, where she was raised in the Catholic faith along with her sister Mary Jane. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy, and spent her early years of adulthood living in Manhattan and exploring the world as …

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PHILLIPPS - Gerard Paul "Jerry" Gerard Paul (Jerry) Philipps, 85, of Fredonia, NY died Wednesday morning, July 18 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Maurin) Philipps, he is survived by 7 children, 20 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Loving father of Amy (Daniel) Hontz of Fredonia, NY, Ellen (Wayne) Conrad of Angola, NY, Sally (Richard)…

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HAMBRUCH, Sr. - Jim "Jr." August 10th 1961-May 5th 2018 Originally from Buffalo NY, Jim was the Technical Lead for Vehicle Engineering at American Honda - Torrance CA. He was the Honda specialist for Supplemental Restraint and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and most recently the expert on the airbag recall project. Along with his love of everything automotive, Jim was a …

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PAMELA LEE KING 51, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, from metastatic breast cancer, nearly 3 years after her initial diagnosis. Born in Syracuse, Pam grew up in Lewiston, NY. A gifted athlete in many sports, she attended Niagara University on a soccer scholarship. She finished her degree at the University of Buffalo, in marketing and communications. She began her career in ph…

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Bickel - Spencer G. Born 1/02/34, Spencer G. Bickel, 84, retired Pharmacist, died June 5, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. Born in Buffalo, New York, he graduated from the first University Of Buffalo School of Pharmacy class in 1956. He went on to own and operate several pharmacies and retired from Wegman's Pharmacy in 1999. Greeting everyone with a big smile and kind words, he l…

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Lt. Col. Scott M. McGonagle June 16, 1962 - Feb. 23, 2018 For as long as Stephen McGonagle can remember, his younger brother, Scott, dreamed of a career in the military. Kenmore resident Scott McGonagle lived out his dream as an air weapons officer in the U.S. Air Force, with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and across Africa and Europe. "He was alwa…

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Sept. 20, 1937 - April 7, 2018 REGINALD B, NEWMAN II 80, passed away peacefully at his winter home in Vero Beach, Fla. on April 7, 2018. Reg was born September 20, 1937, to Reginald B. and Ethel L. Newman in Buffalo, New York. He attended Kenmore and Tonawanda schools. He was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track) and president of the Kenmore Varsity …