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Robert J. Bourque, carpenter, cabinetmaker, gas station operator

Oct. 14, 1928 – Feb. 12, 2016

NORTH TONAWANDA – Robert J. Bourque of North Tonawanda, a carpenter, cabinetmaker and gas station operator, died Friday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Bourque was a graduate of North Tonawanda High School and had lived in North Tonawanda for more than 70 years. He worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker for Joseph DiRocco, a general contractor and homebuilder in Western New York.

He also was employed by Spaulding Fibre and served as chief union steward for Local 2106 Aerospace Workers.

Mr. Bourque owned and operated Bourque’s Sunoco Service Station on Niagara Falls Boulevard for 15 years, retiring from the business in 1986. In retirement, he continued to work part time for Wegman’s.

An avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, Mr. Bourque also was interested in antique cars and built model boats, and he was a jazz enthusiast. He was a member of Niagara County, Tonawanda and Gastown Sportsmen’s clubs, Gratwick Athletic Club, Tonawanda Euchre League and was a volunteer firefighter for Gratwick Hose Fire Company.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Diana DiRocco; a daughter, Carol; three sons, Dr. David, Richard and Robert F.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

There are no services.

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