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Francis J. Perez, churchman and WWII veteran

Sept. 15, 1922 – March 9, 2016

Francis J. Perez, an active churchman, World War II veteran and longtime Westinghouse employee, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, after a short illness. He was 93.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Perez was a graduate of Seneca Vocational School. Recently, he was a resident of Greenfield Nursing Home.

An Army veteran of World War II, he was attached to the 15th Army as motor pool driver in the European Theater. Among his experiences was an assignment driving Gen. George S. Patton. In 2014, Mr. Perez traveled to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., through Honor Flight.

After the war he joined Westinghouse as an electrical tester and retired in 1983.

He was a parishioner for many years at the old Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side and was a member of the Holy Name Society, which honored him as Man of the Year, and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Perez was a member of the Delaware Park Senior Golf League and honorary member of Kenmore Quilters, crafting quilts for charity functions. Camille Klein, his daughter, noted her father was working on a quilt for Veterans Affairs Medical Center shortly before his death.

His wife of 47 years, the former Carrie Mantione, died in 1999.

Survivors in addition to his daughter include three sisters, Sonny Thompson, Frances Wink and Marion Perez; four brothers, Carmen, Anthony, Salvatore and Joseph; four grandchildren; and six great-granchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Vincent De Paul Church, 6441 Seneca St., Elma.

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