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James M. Doyle Jr., 82, retired director of a beauty school, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Nardin Academy and graduated from Canisius High School in 1936.

From 1948 to 1958, he worked as assistant route manager for Continental Bakery. He then studied hairdressing and in 1959 went to work for Serge's before joining his father's business, Doyle Beauty School, where he worked as a director until retiring in 1980.

He was a life member of the Buffalo Revolver and Rifle Club and a member of the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club and the Niagara Frontier Pistol League. For 40 years, he excelled in pistol competitions with the league and won the championship of an expert pistol match in 1976.

He was one of the oldest members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, which he had attended since 1930.

His wife, Mary J. "Jean" Sodaro Doyle, died in 1996.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Marx of West Seneca, Sharon Hondzinski of the Town of Tonawanda and Sandra Hanley of Amherst; a sister, Dr. HelenNedzwech of Detroit; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Lester Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Spirit Church, 91 Dakota Ave.

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