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William J. Hotho, a retired bus driver for the Niagara Frontier Transit System, which later became Metro Bus, died Tuesday (Oct. 14, 1997) in his Holland home after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Agnes Elementary School and Technical High School. A home-delivery carrier for The Buffalo Evening News from 1927 to 1932, he was recognized as having the largest paper route in the city.

He worked for the Donner-Hanna Coke Co. and during World War II was an aircraft inspector in General Motors plants here. He was a bus driver for the Niagara Frontier Transit System for 20 years, retiring in 1972.

Active in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, he became a devotee of a renowned stock-investment adviser in the church and became a stock market trading enthusiast.

His wife, the former Juliana Hartman, died in 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Iris Ann Bryndle of Holland; a sister, Marie Fix of the Town of Tonawanda; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 46 N. Main St., Holland. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Holland.

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