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Lawrence O. Belgrade, 83, of the Town of Tonawanda, a former restaurateur, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Jan. 31, 2001) in Sisters Hospital.

The Buffalo native ran Belgrade's Restaurant on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo during the 1940s. He also worked for many years at Ruslander and Sons in Buffalo.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in England.

He was a 1934 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

A music lover, he was a member of the Hammond Organ Society. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Alhambra.

He was a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, Literacy Volunteers and Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

He also volunteered for many years at the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Agnes May; two daughters, Kathleen of San Francisco, and Barbara; and one grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in Sisters of St. Joseph Residence Chapel, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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