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Julia B. Stamey, community volunteer

June 11, 1951 – Aug. 20, 2016

Julia B. Stamey, active in civic affairs on Buffalo’s West Side, died Saturday in her Buffalo home after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 65.

Born in Buffalo, the former Julia Kennedy attended Grover Cleveland High School and was a longtime clerk and cashier at Norban’s clothing store on Grant Street. She also was a secretary for Mister Pizza restaurant, a bartender at Rumplestiltskin’s tavern and a waitress at several restaurants.

Known to many as Judy, she was a volunteer for SABAH and Toys for Tots. She was a former secretary of the West Side Kiwanis Club and was president of the BBHB Block Club Coalition.

A parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, she organized protests prior to its merger with two other parishes on Buffalo’s West Side.

Mayor Byron W. Brown declared July 26, 2012, “Julia B. Stamey Day” in recognition of her community work.

Her husband, James, died in 1976.

Survivors include her companion of 37 years, Nicholas Mortellaro; three sisters, Joann Reddy, MaryAnn Schipani and Gail Godfrey; and three brothers, Joseph Kennedy, Harold Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street.

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