Friday, May 27, 2022

Mike McNally RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('72) Wayne Michael "Mike" McNally passed away May 25, 2022 after a long illness. Mike was present at our first meeting of the 50th reunion committee.

McNALLY - Wayne Michael May 25, 2022. Beloved husband of Cynthia Heath McNally; loving father of Meghan (Robert Jr.) Badding, Kaitlyn (Bryan) McArthur and Shannon McNally; loving Papa of Robert "Trip" Badding III and Finnegan Michael Badding; loving son of Wayne (long time companion, Virginia Sullivan) McNally and the late Jessie Sinnott McNally; brother of Timothy McNally and Maureen (Kevin) Aderman; also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call Friday, June 10, 2022 at 4-9pm at THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, 2480 Kensington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, 6919 Transit Rd., Swormville, NY 14051, on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 10:30am. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. 

Memorials may be made to Roswell Park. Arrangements by the THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share condolences online at

Steve Wolf, RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('72) passed away March 4, 2022 after a long illness. He was always there for friends and family, and spent much of his time helping them, all of whom mourn his absence and friendship.

Services were private.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Brian H Brady RIP

Clarence alumnus ('72) Brian Brady passed away of natural causes back in 2005, but I felt it was important to remember him here. Sometimes when you're looking for contact information for a missing classmate, you find sad news instead.

Brian H. Brady (10/26/54-7/19/2005) of Buffalo died July 19 at home of natural causes. He was 50. 

A city native, he graduated from Clarence Senior High School and attended Manatee Junior College in Florida and the University of Florida at Gainesville and Jacksonville. Mr. Brady enjoyed gardening, helping neighbors, and spoiling his nieces and nephews. 

His love of travel led him to live throughout the United States, including in Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii and Colorado. He camped for more than a year on a mountain in Colorado. He had lived in Buffalo for the past eight years. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Eva Mae and Thomas Harris of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two brothers, Bernard Brady of Buffalo and Andrew Harris of Clarence Center; and two sisters, Lisa VanHoff of Orchard Park and Mary Rokhvadze of Oneonta. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Russell Allan RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('70) Russell Allan passed away on January 20, 2022 after a battle with cancer. My memories of him in later years consist of him working at the hot dog/hamburger stand near the beer tent entrance at the Clarence Center Labor Day Fair along with other family members. 

Russell C. Allan of Alden, NY January 20, 2022. Former spouse of the late Pamela Allan; dear father of James (Beth Miller) Allan, Kelly (Troy) Baker, Aaron Allan and Donna (Robert) Laudico; loving son of Leona and the late James Allan; grandfather of Zachary, Emily, Garrett, Payton, Andrew, Matthew, Kaitlyn and Nicholas; "friend of Bill W."; brother of Stephen (Sharon), Michael (Terri) and Jeffrey (Donna) Allan. 

Family will be present at the Charles Meyer Funeral Home, 13228 Broadway Alden, NY Tuesday, January 25th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the Town Line Lutheran Church, Alden, NY Wednesday, January 26th at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Alan Cole RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('72) Alan Cole has passed away. May the memories of his family be a comfort to them.

January 3, 2022, age 68, beloved father of Erin (Jason) Voss, Ryan (Lynne) Cole, Meghan (Christopher) Hyde; loving grandfather of River, Andrew, Dominic, Ethan, Owen, Addison, and Jacob; dearest brother of Sharon (Mark) Gordon and Timothy (Susan) Cole; also survived by nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends on Friday from 10am-11am at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main St. (near Harris Hill Rd.), where services will follow at 11:00am. Interment to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to American Stroke Association, Vascular Dementia, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. 

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Michael Stafford RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('72) Michael Stafford passed away on December 13, 2021. He was a devoted member of his volunteer firefighting community.


December 13, 2021, age 68, beloved husband of Jean (nee Leising) Stafford; dear brother of David Stafford, Jeffrey (Stacey) Stafford, Suzanne (Richard) Evans and the late Jason and Jacob Stafford; brother in law of Cletus (Paula) Leising, Eileen (David) Leeds, Bernice (Wayne) Clough and Peter (Marianne) Leising; also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

Michael was a 40 year member of Swormville Fire Co. and past member of Harris Hill Fire Co. Services will be held at a later date. Share condolences at 

 And from his fire company: 

It is with great sorrow that the Swormville Fire Company reports the passing of firefighter badge number 017, Michael Stafford, on December 13th, 2021 . Michael has served the Swormville Fire Company for 42 years, joining the company on February 4th 1980. 

Prior to joining Swormville, Michael was an active member for 9 years with the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company. Michael was a very active member of the Swormville Fire Company. 

He was known throughout the towns for his love and devotion to the bowling team and to the fire police. Michael was dedicated to serving the community and he will be missed. The Swormville Fire Company is mourning this loss.

John Fassel RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('73) John Fassel passed away November 20, 2021. Known to many as half of "John and Kim" in high school, he continued as a prominent part of the community. From his obituary:

Age 66 of Clarence, NY, peacefully entered eternal rest on November 20, 2021. Beloved husband of 43 years to Kim Fassel; devoted father to Stephen (Lindsay) Fassel and Lauren (Joseph) Davis; loving Grampy to Jackson and Adelyn Fassel, and June and Henley Davis; son of Joyce and the late John Fassel; brother to Barbara (John) Carlson, Laura Thomas and Patricia Fassel; loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

A loyal union electrician for 41 years out of Local 237 in Niagara Falls, John owned his own electrical contracting business for five years. He obtained a Master Electrician License for Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. An avid golfer and lover of warmth and sun, he enjoyed spending some of his winter months in Florida. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. 

Donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Bill Lutz RIP

 Clarence alumnus ('72) Bill Lutz passed away on July 29, 2021. While I'm copying the words, if you go to the link provided there is a really nice video of his life. Rest in Peace.

William J. Lutz “Bill” surrounded by family on July 29, 2021. He was born in Buffalo, New York on November 5, 1954 to the late William and Anne (Roberts) Lutz. Bill was a 1972 graduate of Clarence High School. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing, and trapping in his spare time. Bill especially loved horses and was kind of a cowboy at heart. He made his living as a carpenter, and was very good working with his hands. 

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Pauline (Cummings) Lutz; beloved father of Tammy (late Arron) Colletti, William Lutz, Brandy (Chris) Lutz, James Schoenwetter, Jeffery (Kelley) Schoenwetter and Mary (Brian) Hamm; cherished brother of Becky (Paul) Leahey, Linda (Lutz) Petroci and Ann (Andy) Black; foster brother of Mike Smith; grandfather of thirteen. Bill is predeceased by a grandchild, Jacob Colletti.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thomas Hoehman RIP

Clarence alumnus ('72) Tom Hoehman has passed away. He lived a few blocks away from me in Clarence Center growing up, was a regular at the Labor Day Fair for years, and was in contact through Facebook with myself and others more recently. Peace and comfort to his friends and family.

Thomas Howard Hoehman of Homosassa, FL passed away at Citrus Memorial Hospital on May 29, 2021 at the age of 66. 

He worked as a truck driver throughout his life and enjoyed riding motorcycles in his spare time. Thomas also enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping. He was a big fan of racing and had been a stock car racer for a time. He made Citrus County his home in 2008. He was a Christian by faith and attended worship services at Sun Coast Baptist Church in Homosassa. 

Those left to mourn Thomas’ passing include his partner of 5 years, Catherine (Segura); his daughter, Kristen Hohensee and her husband Dennis; son, Thomas Hoehman; stepchildren: Jessica May Gawrich and Amy Lynn Smith; brother, Joseph Hoehman; and 2 grandchildren. Cremation care by the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, FL.