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March 9, 1926 – Nov. 3, 2013Harold G. Cameron, of Eggertsville, a retired Army colonel and businessman, died Nov. 3 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 87.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and attended the University of Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore College. Col. Cameron had 41 years of service w…

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Jan. 28, 1944 – Nov. 12, 2013LONDON (AP) – British composer John Tavener, whose career was boosted with the help of The Beatles and who often is remembered for the elegiac song performed as Princess Diana’s coffin was carried out of Westminster Abbey, died Tuesday. He was 69.Tavener’s publisher, Chester Music, said he died at his home in Child Okeford, southern England.Bor…

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March 29, 1927 – Nov. 10, 2013A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph William Kleinfelder Jr., a machinist at Moog and founder and president of the first BECCO/FMC Federal Credit Union, will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Friday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Mr. Kleinfelder died Sunday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg, after a brie…

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(Oct. 17, 1953 — Nov. 7, 2013Michael Miller of Amherst, who spent years on the radio in Buffalo and St. Catharines, where he was known as Iron Mike Bensson, died Thursday from esophageal and stomach cancer. He was 60.Miller had been at CHTZ 97.7 FM in Hamilton, Ont. since 1995. Previously he worked at Buffalo stations WBYR (now WLKK) and WUFX (now WEDG), as well as at WJJL…

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March 29, 1927 – Nov. 10, 2013Joseph William Kleinfelder Jr., a machinist at Moog, and founder and president of the first BECCO/FMC Federal Credit Union, died Sunday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 86. A native of Buffalo, he attended Hutchinson-Central Technical High School.He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served…

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Dec. 5, 1928 – Nov. 6, 2013The Rev. Richmond D. Holloway Jr., who served as senior pastor at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church for 46 years, died Wednesday in HighPointe on Michigan health care facility, 1031 Michigan Ave. He was 84.Born in Byhalia, Miss., he was a graduate of Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss. He moved to Buffalo in 1963 and began serving as a pastor at…

Jan. 19, 1934 – Nov. 5, 2013Trunnis Goggins, longtime owner of Skateland, who closed every skating session by saying, “Yes baby, it’s time to go home,” died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 79.“That’s what he always would say, and now that is what he did. He went home,” said daughter Marina White. “He was a character.”Mr. Goggins, who …

Feb. 2, 1930 – Nov. 4, 2013Adolph Overton, the first African-American to be elected to the Lackawanna City Council, died Monday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park. He was 83.A Lackawanna native, Mr. Overton attended public schools in the city. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1952 as part of a unit sent to participate in the reconstruction of Germany after World War II. He …

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July 1, 1917 – Nov. 5, 2013After Pliny H. Hayes III retired as associate headmaster of Nichols School, the school created an award in his name to recognize a seventh-grader whose general character and integrity inspire others.Mr. Hayes, who died Tuesday in DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility, North Tonawanda, will be remembered for his interest in students and education, as w…

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Jan. 5, 1926 – Nov. 1, 2013Helen W. Westley died Friday at her home in Clarence while under the care of Hospice. She was 87.She was born Helen Electa Waddel on a dairy farm in Mayville that had no electricity or indoor plumbing.Mrs. Westley worked for the Town of Clarence from 1974 to 1994. She served as secretary to Supervisors Carl Giglia and Skip Grenzebach for 16 of th…

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May 14, 1935 – Oct. 31, 2013Rev. Ronald Russell Tripi,a Buffalo native who served as a teacher and pastor for more than 20 years in East Pakistan and Bangladesh, died Thursday in Holy Cross House, South Bend, Ind., after a brief illness. He was 78.Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Eggertsville and was a 1953 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. After his freshman ye…

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Nov. 13, 1952 – Nov. 3, 2013Curtis C. Schultz, of West Falls, a retired Erie County sheriff’s sergeant, died Sunday after a two-month battle with leukemia. He was 60.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Jamestown Community College.He joined the Erie County Sheriff’s Office…

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Jan. 19, 1953 – Oct. 24, 2013James A. “Scooter” Eaton Jr., an owner and chief financial officer of Eaton Office Supply, the biggest independent office supply company in the region, died Oct. 24 in his Williamsville home after a short struggle with cancer. He was 60.Mr. Eaton, whose grandfather founded the business in 1915, also was an executive in three of Eaton’s division…

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Feb. 2, 1920 – Nov. 2, 2013Michael P. LaPorta, a former special assistant to the Erie County sheriff, died Saturday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster. He was 93. Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo Public Schools, served as a private in the U.S. Army and spent the rest of his life in Western New York.Mr. LaPorta most recently lived in Amberleigh Retirement Commun…

Nov. 25, 1918 – Nov. 2, 2013 William A. Ross, an Army veteran of World War II honored by the French government and longtime Federal Reserve Bank employee, died Saturday in the hospice unit of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 95.Born in Pittsford, Mr. Ross was raised and worked for a time on a muck farm owned by his father in nearb…