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John J. Carr, Bell Aerosystems technical illustrator ; July 19, 1928 -- Jan. 8, 2011

John J. Carr, of Kenmore, a technical illustrator for Bell Aerosystems, died Saturday. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he was the nephew of showman Michael Shea, who built Shea's Buffalo Theater. His father managed the theater. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

Mr. Carr worked as a technical illustrator at Bell for 35 years. He was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, and his drawings are on display in the Smithsonian Aeronautical and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

He also appeared on the children's TV show "Rocketship 7" on WKBW-TV in the 1960s and taught children how to draw.

He was a member of the Bell Aerosystems Ski Club. A great lover of jazz, he attended performances regularly at the old Town Casino. He once played a game of chess with jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Surviving are his fiancee, Marilyn Pardo; a son, Jack; and four daughters, Maura Duffey, Eileen Rutter, Katie Conshafter and Margaret Marren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Paul Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.

[ANDERSON]