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Richard R. Fumerele Sr., boxer, railway detective

Oct. 11, 1937 – Oct. 31, 2013

Richard R. Fumerelle Sr., a noted boxer known as “Rocky” and “The Blonde Bomber,” died Thursday. He was 76.

Mr. Fumerelle, of Hamburg, was born in Buffalo. He graduated from South Park High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School.

He competed as a professional boxer, middleweight division, in Buffalo, New York City and California.

He also was owner and partner in many communication businesses in Buffalo, including Antenna Wright, Appliance Wright and Visual Tone.

In addition to those jobs, Mr. Fumerelle worked as a detective for the Norfolk & Western Railway in Buffalo and as a property manager for Brook Gardens in Hamburg.

As a boxer, his record included 19 amateur bouts and 25 victorious professional fights, with 11 of them by knockout. He won the 1955 Golden Gloves competition, and in 2002 was inducted in the Ring No. 44 Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2008, a two-mile stretch of Route 16 south of Holland was named in honor of his boxing career.

Mr. Fumerelle served in the National Guard as a military policeman.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Elma Meadows Men’s Golf Club and Springville County Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rita Cafarella; a daughter, Rita Jo; a son, Richard Jr.; a brother, Louis; and a sister, Joanne Fino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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