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Richard L. Allen, 91, retired New York Telephone employee

March 22, 1922 – Nov. 26, 2013

Richard L. Allen, of East Aurora, a retired employee of New York Telephone, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital following a short illness. He was 91.

Born in Pottstown, Pa., he was a 1939 graduate of Summerville High School in Summerville, N.J. He later attended Alfred Agriculture and Technical College.

During World War II, Mr. Allen served as an aviator in the Navy and was stationed in the Galapagos Islands.

He was employed with New York Telephone in 1947 and retired as a marketing project engineer for the company in 1982.

Mr. Allen was awarded the Telephone Pioneers of America certificate for his work installing phone lines throughout the Adirondacks region in the 1950s.

He was a member of the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, Kiwanis Club, the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church choir, Friends of Harmony Barbershop Chorus and the Rare Blood Donor Club.

He is survived by a son, David Paddock; and a daughter, Jane Beyer.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

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