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James J. Lombardo, 85, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired waiter, delicatessen owner and foreman, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

A native of Buffalo, Lombardo was a foreman at Bell Aircraft during World War II. While there, he was recognized by the company for suggestions he made that helped improve production.

Between 1952 and 1959, he also owned Ackley's Delicatessen on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

After working at Bell, he became a waiter and worked for several restaurants, including the Glen Casino, the Town Casino, Oliver's and McMahon's, retiring in the 1980s.

Lombardo enjoyed inventing home gadgets.

He was an avid fisherman, and his fishing excursions took him to such destinations as the Arctic Circle and Lake Simcoe in Ontario.

His wife, Amelia S. Simon Lombardo, died in 1995.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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