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JULY 26, 1919 - NOV. 25, 2004

James A. Comfort, a retired FBI agent and investigator for New York State, died Thursday in GreenField Manor, Lancaster. He was 85.

Born in Hoboken, N.J., Mr. Comfort received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ithaca College and a master's degree in education from George Washington University. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a lieutenant with the 405th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. He received a Purple Heart, Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Comfort was a special agent with the FBI from 1951 to 1976, then worked as a special investigator with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the state attorney general's office. He retired in 1981.

After retiring, Mr. Comfort and his wife, the former Anne Keough, moved to Florida. His wife of 54 years died in 2003, and he returned to the Buffalo area earlier this year.

Mr. Comfort was a founding member and trustee at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Getzville, where he also was a member of its Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Survivors include four daughters, Constance of Plano, Texas; Kathleen Zasowski of Depew, Mary of Estes Park, Colo., and Patricia of Mercer Island, Wash.; four sons, James of Wilson, Daniel of Houston; Thomas of Orchard Park, and Michael of Plano; a sister, Elenor Morton of Key Colony Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. Private burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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