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Aug. 26, 1919 – Jan. 26, 2018 Helen H. Segat, a former hospital dietitian and deli owner, died Jan. 26 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a lengthy illness. She was 98. Born Helen Harriet Szczygiel in Colden, the daughter of Polish immigrants, she was the eighth of 10 children. She grew up working on her family’s 50-acre farm in C…

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Sept. 4, 1927 – June 14, 2018 Dr. Roderick E. Charles, a psychiatrist who broke color barriers as a student at the University of Maryland and as a member of the admissions committee at the University at Buffalo, died June 14 in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for the past few months. He was 90. Born in Baltimore, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the Na…

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Nov. 8, 1946 — June 18, 2018 Anthony J. Colicchia wasn't outwardly emotional. But the dapper, silver-haired, Corvette-driving operator of Mister Pizza on Elmwood Avenue was quick to demonstrate his love and support with food — a lot of it. Homeless people who approached the Mister Pizza counter would receive a slice or two on the spot. Mr. Colicchia was generous w…

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Feb. 19, 1947 – June 4, 2018 When Mike Bos built a go-kart from scrap metal as a teen, a neighbor was so impressed that he took him racing and became a sponsor. He graduated from go-kart racing to drag racing in 1972. With a B-Econo dragster that he built himself, he set national records for elapsed time and speed on a one-eighth mile track at Lancaster Speedway in 1…

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Aug. 19, 1931 – June 11, 2018 Thomas Avery Culbreth, a retired Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. supervisor and union leader, died June 11 in his summer home in Sherkston Shores, Ont. He was 86. Born in Niagara Falls, he attended schools there and enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1948. He served in the Guard and the Army Reserve until 1992, attaining the rank of colon…

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July 2, 1928 – June 17, 2018 Anthony J. Saladino, of Cheektowaga, a retired electrical contractor, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, the son of a Sicilian immigrant, he was a 1945 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffa…

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July 19, 1931 – June 13, 2018 Alice T. Baskey, a retired elementary school teacher, died last Wednesday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 86. Born at home in Cheektowaga, the youngest of three children, Alice Szalecki attended Pine Hill Elementary School and St. Adalbert’s School. She was a 1949 gr…

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April 8, 1922 – June 13, 2018 T. Paul Weiksnar, founder and former owner of Westny Building Products Corp., died last Wednesday under hospice care at Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 96. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Weiksnar was a 1940 graduate of Canisius High School. He served in the Army in World War II with the 71st Infantry Division in Europe under Gen. George Patton, …

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April 12, 1940 – June 12, 2018 Dick Page won numerous awards as a landscape designer, but the honor that perhaps best summed up his accomplishments came from his high school classmates at a reunion. They called it the Horatio Alger Award, which they presented to him to acknowledge his success both personally and professionally. Mr. Page married his high school swe…

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March 29, 1987 — June 7, 2018 When Debbie Millich saw the somber face of the Buffalo detective, she knew. She had seen the same look on the face of a Cheektowaga officer on Aug. 27, 2016, when he came to tell her that her youngest son, Tyler, was dead at age 21 of a heroin overdose. This time the tragic news was about her daughter Amanda, her firstborn and only gi…

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Jan. 6, 1928 – June 10, 2018 Leonard S. Sikora, former principal of Bennett and Seneca Vocational High Schools in Buffalo, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 90. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1946 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Buffalo State Teachers College and his master’…

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Sept. 10, 1922 – May 14, 2018 Dr. Halina Milgrom, a retired dermatologist, cancer researcher and widow of renowned immunologist Dr. Felix Milgrom, died May 14 in Denver, where she had lived for the past 10 years. She was 95. Born Halina Miszel in Drohovycz, Poland, now part of Ukraine, her father and uncle were physicians. She attended medical school at the universit…

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March 28, 1947 – June 11, 2018 Joseph D. Metty, a retired paving contractor and a church deacon, died Monday under hospice care in West Seneca after a long illness. He was 71. Born in Lackawanna, he attended Lackawanna High School. He worked in the coke ovens and other production departments at Bethlehem Steel Corp. from 1966 until it closed 1983, then did rubbish re…

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Barbara Merriweather Sims, a legal trailblazer and lifelong advocate for civil rights whose judicial career ended under a cloud in 1984, has died at age 94, according to Mayor Byron W. Brown. Judge Sims was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Buffalo Law School, to serve as an assistant district attorney in Erie County and to serve as a B…

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April 23, 1929 – May 29, 2018 Eugene M. Setel, a Buffalo attorney for more than 50 years and a leader in many community organizations, died May 29 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 89. Born in Buffalo, the son of a lawyer, he was a 1946 graduate of the Park School of Buffalo and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Union College in Schenectady, where he was a m…