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Feb. 21, 1931 – Oct. 30, 2012

Donald P. Lane of Cambria, a Korean War veteran and former Niagara County legislator, died Tuesday in Eastern Niagara Hospital, Newfane, after a six-month illness. He was 81

Raised in North Tonawanda, he was educated in North Tonawanda High School.

Mr. Lane served as a clerk in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1956. After his return from overseas, he went to work as a laborer at Balling Construction Co. in the City of Tonawanda, where he worked for the next three decades.

He was a Niagara County legislator in the 1970s, representing the towns of Pendleton and Lockport.

Mr. Lane was a Democrat who later unsuccessfully challenged the late Republican State Sen. John B. Daly for his seat in Albany.

More recently, he was also the code inspector in the Town of Cambria, a post from which he retired in January. He was also an active volunteer firefighter for both the Cambria and Wendelville volunteer fire companies.

Family members said Mr. Lane was a New York Yankees baseball fan and an avid bowler. He bowled every Wednesday night at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport, according to his daughter, Jennifer Schumacher.

“He had a great sense of humor – was a jokester,” Schumacher said. “He’s going to be sorely missed.”

Besides his daughter, Mr. Lane is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Pearl Lasky; and a son, Randolph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton, where Mr. Lane had been a deacon.