on May 31, 2013 - 10:38 PM
Nov. 29, 1930 – May 29, 2013
Laurence “Roger” Toughey, who had a lifelong career distributing Buffalo’s daily newspapers, died Wednesday in McAuley Residence in the Town of Tonawanda. He was 82.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Toughey grew up on the West Side, where he served several years as an altar boy at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Porter Avenue and was a graduate of Holy Angels High School.
After graduation, he immediately began his career in newspaper distribution. He worked full time at both the Courier-Express and The Buffalo News. After the Courier-Express ceased publication in 1982, he continued working at The Buffalo News until he retired in 1990.
During the Blizzard of 1977, Mr. Toughey worked late into the night to bring food, donated by nearby restaurants, to stranded employees of the Courier-Express. He later found his car on top of another in the employee parking lot where it had been plowed along with the piles of snow.
His wife, Beverly A. Dundon Toughey, died in 2006.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Cheryl A. Cummings, and a stepson, William G. Cummings.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.