James J. Gavin, 76, a World War II veteran and retired Bethlehem Steel supervisor, died unexpectedly Friday in his West Seneca home.
Mr. Gavin grew up in South Buffalo and served as a private first class in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. After the war, he worked at Bethlehem Steel for 33 years, and later at Russer Foods for six years.
He was a past commander of West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a pool champion in his younger days in South Buffalo.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Alice Wisler; five daughters, Donna Peters of Zephyrhills, Fla., Linda Barschefski of High Point, N.C., Janice Pauley of Orchard Park, Nancy of Cheektowaga and Maureen Fornoff of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Thomas and Robert, both of West Seneca; a sister, Kathleen Dolan of Buffalo; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 2315 Seneca St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.