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Francis Vecere, 91, truck driver, WWII veteran

Sept. 22, 1922 – Dec. 22, 2013

Francis Vecere, a retired truck driver who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, died Sunday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Facility, Clarence. He was 91.

Mr. Vecere was raised in Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood and was a longtime resident of Snyder.

He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Buffalo for three years.

During World War II, he served as a radio operator and mechanic. As a truck driver, he was a member of Teamsters Local 449.

Nicknamed “Tapper” in his younger days, he met his wife of nearly 65 years, Marietta Avanzato, at a local dance. They passed on an appreciation for the arts to their children and grandchildren.

In retirement, Mr. Vecere was an avid reader, equally at home discussing the New York Yankees, politics, the benefits of walking, wine or music.

He was a parishioner at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Williamsville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel; two daughters, Theresa Wyatt and Rosemary Schulz; a sister, Anne Lorenzo; and five grandchildren.

Services will be private. A memorial gathering is planned for spring.

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