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John L. Pieri Jr., food brokerage representative

Oct. 22, 1928 – Dec. 10, 2015

John L. Pieri Jr., a retired wholesale food representative, died Thursday in his Amherst home from complications with cancer. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, one of six children, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and served in the National Guard.

Mr. Pieri joined Herbert Astmann’s food brokerage company and was credited with introducing Hawaiian Punch and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce to the Buffalo market in the 1950s.

In 1961, he became a broker with Patrick Cudahy, a deli and specialty meat producer from Wisconsin, serving markets in Western and Central New York.

An accomplished golfer, he was a member of Brookfield Country Club for 45 years and scored three holes-in-one.

His wife of 27 years, the former Carmen Bernia, died in 1985.

He was remarried to the former Lynn Waddell, who died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosanne Hein; a son, John III; a stepson, Tito Cambareri; two sisters, Betty Marinaccio and Dorothy Jernigan; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Perna Dengler Roberts Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Amherst.

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