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Jan. 21, 1946 – June 10, 2014

Dr. Charles Francis Besanceney, a longtime pathologist and Army veteran of the Vietnam War, died from liver failure last Tuesday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. He was 68.

Known by friends and acquaintances as “Chuck” and “Carrie,” he was born in Elmira and graduated from Southside High School there in 1964, later moving to Buffalo. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1968 and served in Vietnam.

He graduated from Cornell Medical College as a pathologist in 1974.

Dr. Besanceney continued to serve in the Army as a pathologist and was stationed around the United States before receiving an honorable discharge and moving to Orchard Park in 1985.

He continued to practice as a pathologist at Mercy Hospital for 21 years and was head of pathology for 16 of them. He later traveled around the Northeast, serving as a locum tenens pathologist.

Dr. Besanceney was a supporter of the NRA, LGBT Alliance and local SPCAs. He was an avid antique collector and spent his later years adding to his collection of salt shakers, thimbles, uranium glass and lamps. He often spent weekends scouring estate sales to stock his shelves at the Orchard Park Antique Mall and held a booth at the Erie County Fair for several summers.

Dr. Besanceney is survived by two sons, Todd and Matthew; a daughter, Jennifer Latham; his partner, Constance Bauer; a special friend, Eric Bauer; his former wife, Kathleen Palmer; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at noon July 2 in Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg.