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Francis F. Strano, retired trucker in local Bowling Hall of Fame Nov. 9, 1923 -- Oct. 28, 2008

Francis F. Strano, of Cheektowaga, a retired truck driver and member of the Buffalo Bowling Association Hall of Fame, died Tuesday in Sister's Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Strano graduated from East High School. He entered the Army Air Forces in 1943 and served as a gunner on B-24s, flying missions over Africa, Italy, France and Germany.

Mr. Strano, a truck driver for most of his working career, retired from the state Department of Transportation in 1985.

He was named to the Buffalo Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1996 for his meritorious service.

Mr. Strano was elected to the organization's board in 1977, appointed fourth vice president in 1984 and was elevated to president in 1989. He has served as everything from scorekeeper to assistant tournament manager.

"After I got out of the military service, when I worked at Bell Aircraft, I got into their sports programs and was the secretary of five leagues and bowled five times a week," he told The Buffalo News in 1996. "I was very into it then."

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Loretta.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

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