James Amato, an accountant who had been a prisoner of war during World War II, died Thursday in Northgate Manor Health Care Facility, Wheatfield, after a brief illness. He was 83.
Mr. Amato, a lifetime resident of North Tonawanda, was captured in France during World War II and held as a POW. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After the war, Mr. Amato graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in accounting.
He worked as an accountant before opening his own accounting business, James Amato and Co., in 1959.
Mr. Amato was a life member of the Frontiersman Post 7545, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member and treasurer of the Renaissance Club of North Tonawanda.
Mr. Amato is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Guido-Amato (the former Elizabeth Amici); three stepsons, Alfred Guido, Robert Guido and John Guido; a stepdaughter; Theodora Tatford; a sister, Theresa Muratone; and a brother, Samuel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Jude the Apostle Parish Community in St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.