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Charles Cina of Amherst, a longtime organizer for the United Auto Workers and close associate of UAW President Walter Reuther, died Thursday (Sept. 9, 1999) at Sister's Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Cina was born in Newark, N.J., and moved to Buffalo with his family in the early 1920s. He worked at Sterling Engine Co. during World War II where engines for PT Boats were manufactured.

He began his labor career at the Sterling factory and became president of the union there. Cina went on to become an international representative for UAW Local No. 55, and signed up workers for the local, which represents about 65 shops.

Cina then became an administrator of the health and welfare fund, and the retirement fund. He retired in 1998 after contributing 50 years to the labor movement.

He was the widower of the former Annette Piscopo.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony of Delray Beach, Fla. and Charles Jr. of East Amherst; a sister, Rose Hasse of West Seneca; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday in SS Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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