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July 7, 1928 – Nov. 13, 2018 James J. Laux of East Amherst was fitted to the sporting goods business like a hand in glove. Laux was practically born into sporting goods, before he spent a lifetime guiding the expansion of the family business into a local retail chain. He nurtured and stayed with it until failing health forced him into retirement 18 months ago. The…

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Dec. 28, 1935 – Nov. 8, 2018 Robert Albert Widger found many ways to express himself as an artist. When his older brother was a fighter pilot in World War II, he immersed himself in drawing images of American warplanes from the pictures he saw in newspapers and magazines. As an art teacher at Orchard Park Middle School, he designed and built sets for the school pl…

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July 23, 1929 – Nov. 11, 2018 Sister Anne Hoyer, an X-ray technician and office assistant, died Sunday in St. Mary of the Angels Regional House, Williamsville. She was 89. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Newmann Communities for 60 years, she was initially known as Sister M. Irene. Born in Middleport, she was a member of St. Stephen Parish and a gradu…

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Dec. 8, 1926 — Nov. 8, 2018 Donald E. Will was the chicken man for Buffalo and beyond for decades before wings were a thing. "You're successful, and then you find that one thing that kind of propels you," said one of his daughters, Joanne Kaminski. The explosion of interest in authentic Buffalo chicken wings "was a huge turning point in the business," she said. We…

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By Jonathan Kandell and Andy Webster Stan Lee — who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century, was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, and oversaw his company’s emergence as an international media behemoth — has died in Los Angeles. H…

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May 18, 1946 – Nov. 5, 2018 John Francis Humann, of Buffalo, one of the region’s toughest and most respected criminal defense attorneys, died Nov. 5 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was 72 and practiced locally for more than 40 years. Friendly, fun and jovial outside the courtroom, Mr. Humann earned a reputation among fellow attorneys who admired his f…

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March 5, 1924 – Nov. 10, 2018 Rayola Kinney, of Wheatfield, a longtime sales representative for Avon cosmetics, died Saturday in Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns, Williamsville. She was 94. Born Rayola Hackett in Odin, Pa., near Coudersport, she worked in a bomb manufacturing factory in New Jersey during World War II and moved to the Niagara Falls area in 1946. …

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Sept. 29, 1920 – Nov. 7, 2018 James Daniel Fitzpatrick, of South Buffalo, whose career in the automobile business spanned more than 50 years, died Nov. 7 in Buffalo General Medical Center after suffering a stroke. He was 98. Born in Silver Creek, the oldest of three children, he spent his early boyhood in the lakeside community of Hanford Bay, where he delivered news…

Nov. 20, 1943 — Nov. 5, 2018 Paul O'Hern never played Hamlet. He never sang the lead in "Les Miserables" or trod the boards as Willy Loman. But as a fixture on Buffalo's theater scene for decades, Mr. O'Hern played a crucial supporting role to a cast of hundreds who respected him for a strong commitment to his craft and his community. Mr. O'Hern, who died Monday a…

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June 10, 1959 – Nov. 1, 2018 Paul J. Gentile, a former chef at the Buffalo Club, died Nov. 1 in his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 59. Born in Buffalo, the youngest of seven children, he was a graduate of Bishop Turner High School and Canisius College, where he received a degree in accounting but did not pursue it as a career. “He worked his way through…

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April 15, 1947 – Nov. 5, 2018 Kenneth J. Rogan, of Springville, who taught elementary grades in the Springville Griffith Institute in Springville, died Monday after a long battle with dementia. He was 71. Born in Gowanda, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Buffalo State. He taught in the Springville Griffith Institute Central School District for 31 y…

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April 13, 1934 – Nov. 5, 2018 Leslie Alexander Rechan, former Buffalo plant manager for Graphic Controls, died Monday in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center after a year’s battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 84. Born in Chippawa, Ont., the son of Hungarian immigrants, he attended Niagara Falls Collegiate Vocational Institute. He went to the University of Toro…

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Nov. 11, 1976 - Nov. 4, 2018 Sarah Attea Griffin was in elementary school when she was introduced to barrel racing. It became a lifelong passion, taking her across the country, as she galloped around the cones in the ring and made new friends outside the ring. "Once she started," said her husband, Thomas Griffin, "she was hooked." They traveled around the country …

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March 6, 1923 – Oct. 30, 2018 August S. “Augie” LoGiudice, of Hamburg, a retired manufacturing manager who was active in the Knights of Columbus, died Oct. 30 in Elderwood at Hamburg after a short illness. He was 95. Born in New York City, the oldest of seven children of Italian immigrants, he came to Buffalo with his family in 1932 and was a 1940 graduate of Hutchin…

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Sept. 14, 1926 – Oct. 20, 2018 When Anton “Tony” Culig had time off from his flatwork concrete business in the 1960s, he tapped into his heritage to develop a sideline which made him well-known among local food fans. “They have lamb roasts and pig roasts all the time in Croatia,” his daughter, Susan Culig, said. “I think he was the first one around here to be doing a…