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The Rev. Edward T. Read, 79, retired Methodist minister, died Thursday (May 25, 1989) in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville, after a long illness.

He was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1929. He attended Cornell University Agricultural School and later received his bachelor of divinity degree from Alfred University.

From 1954 to 1956, he was pastor of Central Park Methodist Church. He was pastor of a United Methodist Church in Wellsboro, Pa., from 1956 to 1962. He was United Methodist Conference treasurer for Western New York from 1969 to 1972. He served as an interim pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, in Snyder until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of Amherst Lodge 981 F&AM.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Christ United Methodist Church. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst.

Survivors include his wife, the former B. Ruth Searles; a son, George S. of Alden; two daughters, Dorothy R. Jeffery of Fort Myers, Fla., and Susie R. Andrews, and a twin brother, William P. of Niagara Falls.

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