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Arthur A. Petrella, co-founded insurance agency Aug. 9, 1920 -- Oct. 11, 2007

Arthur A. Petrella of Amherst, a World War II veteran who co-founded a family-run insurance agency, died Oct. 11, 2007, in Buffalo. He was 87.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Petrella moved to Amherst about 35 years ago.

He was a sophomore at Canisius College when he dropped out to enlist in the Marines when World War II broke out. He served in the Pacific Theater as a sergeant in the quartermasters.

After leaving the service, Mr. Petrella went to work as an insurance salesman for B.F. Hembrecht Agency in Buffalo.

He also worked as sales manager locally for Metropolitan Life Insurance before founding Petrella Agency with his brother, Donald. The company sold insurance for homes, businesses and individuals, as well as real estate.

Mr. Petrella was a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Western New York.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Manzella, whom he married in 1948, and a son, Joseph.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

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