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Ronald E. Stainsby, 71, of Wheatfield died Wednesday (Sept. 8, 1999) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

Stainsby retired as line superintendent in 1986 after a 39-year career with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

A graduate of the former Kenmore High School, Stainsby was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on destroyers in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

He was an exempt member of the Ellwood Fire Company and a member of Niagara Mohawk Retirement Club.

As a young man, Stainsby played hockey in the old Buffalo Metro league. He also enjoyed other sports, including baseball, football and basketball and coached youth hockey and baseball.

He and the former Rita Grasso were married 32 years.

Survivors also include five daughters, Gale Pileggi of Houston, Maria Mackey of Denver, Linda of the Town of Tonawanda, Gina Casale and Angela; three sons, Douglas and David, both of Buffalo, and Joseph P.; three sisters, Sylvia Gore of Sunrise, Fla., and Florence Kiener and Shirley Kendall, both of the Town of Tonawanda; one brother, Thomas of the Town of Tonawanda; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in C. Mertz & Sons Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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