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July 19, 1935 - Nov. 9, 2019 Buffalo native and four-time Olympic medalist George Thomas Breen was a standout rower for Bishop Timon High School and the West Side Rowing Club, but it wasn't until he started swimming competitively as a 17-year-old freshman at SUNY Cortland State that Breen really hit his stride. Mr. Breen went on to represent the United States in two …

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June 1, 1940 – Nov. 4, 2019 Sandra “Sandee” Sheldon, the first woman to serve on the Erie Community College Board of Trustees, had a passion for details on a grand scale. According to her son Alan, she considered her greatest achievement to be the 1984 Buffalo Philharmonic Ball, which she oversaw as chairman. Under the theme, “Dancin’ Downtown,” it was an extravag…

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April 25, 1931 – Nov. 9, 2019 Richard R. Stenclik, who built an industrial design firm that he founded into an international staffing and recruitment company, died Nov. 9 in his Buffalo home. He was 88. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kaisertown and was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he learned drafting and tool design. After attending the Unive…

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May 11, 1940 – Nov. 11, 2019 The Rev. William J. Gallagher, a Catholic priest for 50 years, made lifelong friends at every parish he served. It may have been his piety, sprinkled with a bit of rebel mixed with a dose of common sense, that attracted friends and strangers alike. He had a knack for making them feel like family and his best friend. He was known for we…

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June 23, 1928 – Nov. 9, 2019 Henry N. Stahl Jr. was a man ahead of his time. In 1950, at age 22, he won a $5 prize in a newspaper contest for making what editors thought was the best suggestion. Mr. Stahl suggested legalizing right turns by drivers facing red lights, to save time and fuel. Right-on-red was eventually legalized in New York State in the 1970s. "…

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Feb. 23, 1957 - Nov. 3, 2019 Dawne M. Flammger of the Town of Tonawanda spent much of her life engaged in research, travel and teaching. "She definitely was not one to sit," said her daughter, Amy Naab. Mrs. Flammger, who was diagnosed with live bile duct cancer in 2017, died Nov. 3 in Buffalo Hospice, Cheektowaga. She was 62. Even after her diagnosis, Mrs. Fla…

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April 16, 1952 – Oct. 31, 2019 Where Valerie L. Heywood sat in the viola section, there was an empty chair at last Saturday’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. On its seat – a bouquet of flowers. There was a moment of silence, then the orchestra played a number not on the program – Bach’s “Air on the G String” – in her memory. Violist…

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Nov. 16, 1946 – Oct. 11, 2019 Brian E. Keating, retired regional president for HSBC Bank’s Western New York operations, was the man Buffalo-area business and civic leaders called to get things done. When he headed the Catholic Charities Appeal in 1998, it set a record for first-day donations and exceeded its final goal. When Buffalo Niagara Enterprise needed someo…

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Dec. 1, 1930 – Nov. 2, 2019 Shirley Louise Harrington never bore any children, but it didn't diminish her desire to nurture those not born to her. Ms. Harrington lavished that elemental aspect of her character on many children, including the hundreds of pupils to whom she taught science for many years in various Buffalo Public Schools and, chiefly, to the three child…

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Dec. 20, 1928 – Nov. 2, 2019 Mary Lou O’Connor, of Kenmore, active as a Girl Scout and a scout leader for more than 50 years, died Nov. 2 in the Weinberg Residence, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. She was 90. Born in Kenmore, the former Mary Lou Hawkins was the daughter of a general contractor, the youngest of four children and the only girl. She was a 1947 gr…

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Dec. 17, 1917 – Oct. 25, 2019 Magdalene Hettler, of Snyder, a mathematics professor at Daemen College for 20 years, died Oct. 25 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 101. Born at home on her grandfather’s farm in the Town of Grove in Allegany County, the former Magdalene MacTarnaghan grew up in Castile and attended Castile High Sc…

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Dec. 4, 1948 – Nov. 4, 2019 Jerry Hudson, co-founder and lead singer with The Road, a legendary Buffalo rock band from the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Monday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 70. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame reported on Facebook last November that Mr. Hudson had been hospitalized following a stroke. Born Gerald K. Hudson Jr. in Buffalo,…

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Dec. 27, 1929 – Oct. 31, 2019 Eugene C. Tenney, of Eggertsville, a personal injury trial lawyer who represented families of hostages in the Attica prison uprising, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the East Lovejoy neighborhood and played third base for the Visitation School team that won a city baseball champion…

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Dec. 17, 1963 – Nov. 1, 2019 Irving A. Isenberg was one of four Getzville firefighters who deployed to ground zero after 9/11, stationed one block from the smoldering site of the former World Trade Center. The team rescued at least three people from the rubble around Albany and West streets, using a map ripped from a phone book to guide them to nearby hospitals. But …

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April 27, 1960 – Oct. 28, 2019 James E. Andrzejak, a longtime distribution and mailroom worker at The Buffalo News, died unexpectedly Oct. 28 in his home in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. He was 59. Born in Buffalo, he was the second of three boys in a family prominent in Black Rock’s Polish community. After attending Riverside High School, he worked for Modern K…