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May 10, 1935 – June 12, 2013

Thomas W. LaVean, a retired carpenter foreman at The Buffalo News, died Wednesday in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. He was 78.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. LaVean was a Golden Gloves boxer and served two years as a Buffalo police officer until he found his passion as a carpenter for The Buffalo Evening News in 1950.

In 1954, he married his wife, Mary Jane. Mr. LaVean owned and operated several apartment buildings in the 1960s and 1970s. He owned a bar in Buffalo and worked part time as a bartender at Memorial Auditorium and HSBC Arena.

Mr. LaVean retired from The News in 1998.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. Amelia’s Catholic Church, where he was a fourth-degree member of Knight of Columbus.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a son, Thomas; three daughters, Debbie, Linda and Katherine; and a sister, Patricia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Amelia’s Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.