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April 26, 1941 – April 8, 2014

William Edward Lane, a longtime resident of the Town of Tonawanda and retired newspaper worker, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lane graduated from Burgard Vocational High School in 1959.

He worked for the Courier-Express in pre-press operations and joined The Buffalo News, also in pre-press, shortly before the Courier-Express closed. He retired from The News in 2009.

He was a fan of Syracuse University sports and a supporter of the SPCA, as a lifelong dog owner.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Margaret Colleran; a daughter, Patricia Gray; two sons, Paul and Peter; a sister, Carole Fischer; a brother, Paul Labinski; and two grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.