Feb. 17, 1919 – Feb. 26, 2014
James J. Haberman, a championship bowler, died Wednesday. He was 95.
Mr. Haberman, of Buffalo, grew up in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood and attended St. James Church and School.
He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
Bypassing a career in baseball, Mr. Haberman joined his family business as a partner in N.J. Haberman Fuel and Oil Co., which was founded by his father, Nicholas, and continued as a family business until it was sold in 1968.
Mr. Haberman was an Army veteran who served in Atlantic City, Germany and France. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in World War II.
Although he was a noted baseball player who went by the nickname “Babe,” Mr. Haberman will likely be remembered as a championship bowler.
His passion for the sport spanned more than 75 years, from his first brothers-and- father team in the Buffalo Bowling Association tournaments to his presidency of the Seniors League.
Mr. Haberman also was a noted storyteller, sharing family history and reminiscing about “the neighborhood.”
A memorial service will be scheduled in April.