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RATH, Ward James Jr. "Big Jim"

RATH - Ward James Jr. "Big Jim" - US Navy Retired, age 62 of the City of Tonawanda, unexpectedly April 3, 2012, father of Ward James Rath III, and Erica Lee (Edgar) Sevilla; former husband of Brenda Hanna; grandfather of Michael Joseph and Callen James Sevilla; son of the late Ward James and Shirley Anne (nee Spawton) Rath; brother of William A. (Andrea) Rath and Susan M. (Gary) Gionet; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be remembered by his numerous friends in the community. To know Jim is to love Jim. Jim was a retired 30 year US Navy Veteran serving as an Aviation Electronics tech First Class during both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of I.O.O.F. He graduated from Williamsville High School in 1967. Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Tuesday from 10-12 Noon at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (between Morgan & Broad Sts) in Tonawanda where funeral services with Military Honors will be conducted Tuesday at 12 Noon following the visitation. Jim's wishes were to be buried at sea. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials are preferred to Hope for Warriors, 1335 Western Blvd., Suite E, PMB 48, Jacksonville, NC 28546.

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