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Sept. 18, 1925 – Oct. 27, 2018 Thomas Angelo Vizzini Sr., a retired postal letter carrier and a veteran who served during two wars, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 93. Born in Jamestown, the son of Sicilian immigrants, he was one of seven children. His family moved to Buffalo’s West Side when he was a boy and he attended Grover Cleveland High School. He le…

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July 31, 1934 – Oct. 26, 2018 George A. Porter, of Alden, a sheriff’s deputy who became an instructor and assistant director at Erie County Central Police Services, died Friday in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 84. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1952 graduate of Kensington High School and served stateside in the Marine Corps…

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Nov. 3, 1932 - Oct. 24, 2018 Patrick G. Lucey served the Town of Amherst and its residents for 22 years as the superintendent of highways. During that time, he authored a number of articles and publications and traveled throughout New York State to give presentations on best practices for town superintendents of highways. He was also a devout Catholic, who went to da…

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March 13, 1950 – Oct. 25, 2018 Kevin M. Galvin, of Buffalo, a retired Buffalo city government official, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 68. Born in Buffalo, the third of eight children, he was a 1968 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University at Buffalo in 197…

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June 11, 1930 – Oct. 25, 2018 Austin D. Swanson, of Clarence, a retired University at Buffalo professor renowned as an expert on school financing and management, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 88. Born in Jamestown, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from Allegheny College and served for two years in the Army. He earned a master’s degree …

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Sept. 26, 1946 – Oct. 25, 2018 Richard A. Stachnik, of the Town of Tonawanda, a rehabilitation counselor, died unexpected Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 72. Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Florian’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School. He attended the University at Buffalo, then served in the Army in the Vietnam…

June 25, 1927 - Oct. 25, 2018 Sally A. Hurley of the Town of Tonawanda, a longtime teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a short illness. She was 91. The third of five children born to Joseph Hurley and the former Margaret Roach, Ms. Hurley was a graduate of St. Paul's grammar school in Kenmore and…

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Nov. 30, 1917 — Oct. 20, 2018 Robert Frank Berner, Ph.D., was probably best known for the years he spent as University Dean of what was called "evening school" — the Division of Continuing Education of Millard Fillmore College at SUNY Buffalo. In that role, he encouraged many adult students to return to college and earn their degrees to help them succeed. When he spo…

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May 8, 1941 – Oct. 25, 2018 Paul Michael Hassett spent his working life in courthouses, board rooms and law offices. But his idea of home was the back porch of his family's rustic cottage at The Kennels, a close-knit community near Point Abino, Ont., where he spent summers for 42 years. "There was nothing that he enjoyed more than sitting on the porch at The Kenne…

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June 4, 1932 – Oct. 21, 2018 Dr. Frank A. Pallone, a dentist in Niagara Falls for 58 years, “never officially retired,” his daughter, Maria Sorosky, said. Instilled with a strong work ethic by his Italian immigrant father, he remained enthusiastic about dentistry until he stopped seeing patients due to health concerns in 2015. “He loved to go work. That was his so…

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Aug. 30, 1924 — Oct. 19, 2018 Betty L. Kuhn discovered her calling when she was a student at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she earned a degree in elementary education in 1944. “She had this natural ability to relate to children,” her son, Eric D., said. “She kind of fell in line with it.” While raising five children of her own in East Aurora, she began …

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June 19, 1928 — Oct. 20, 2018 Ann Moira (Henry) Mills spent most of her 90 years involved in community, cultural and civic work, starting with rolling bandages for the Red Cross during World War II. Given her background, her dedication to civic and cultural activities comes as no surprise. Her father, John W. Henry, a past chairman of the Erie County Democratic Pa…

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Aug. 27, 1929 – Oct. 14, 2018 Dr. Donald C. Gregory, who delivered more than 5,000 babies during his 52-year career as an obstetrician, died Oct. 14 in Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg after a struggle with congestive heart failure. He was 89. Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1947 graduate of Hamburg High School, where he was a member of the varsity football, …

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Feb. 28, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2018 Steven W. Nelson lived with cancer for most of a decade, but that did not stop him from continuing to show others the power of kindness, said lifelong friend Pete Hermann, who recalled a recent example. “I was getting ready to coach my final basketball game in Georgia and I hear there is someone who wants to try out for the team,” recalled…

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Sept. 21, 1938 - Oct. 17, 2018 The childhood ambition of a young Daniel Falkowski was to be a garbage collector. That way, he figured, he only needed to work one day a week. Instead, Mr. Falkowski went on to be a professor of economics and international finance, teaching at several colleges and universities before settling in at Canisius College, where he taught for …