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John A. Cefaratti, operated industrial supplies wholesaler, traveled the world

Feb. 14, 1943 – Sept. 30, 2016

John A. Cefaratti, an industrial supplies wholesaler, died unexpectedly last Friday in his Amherst home. He was 73.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Bryant and Stratton Business Institute. He served in the Army Reserve.

Before establishing his own company, CEF Technical Sales, in 1986, Mr. Cefaratti worked for Exchange Mutual Insurance and was sales manager at Chippewa Instruments. He retired in 2011.

A member of the Instrumentation, System and Automation Society, he was president of the Niagara Frontier Sector in 1985-86.

Active in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, he was a lector and Eucharistic minister and volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

He traveled around the world and across the U.S. and enjoyed fishing and bird watching.

He had the good fortune to witness the Buffalo Bills arrive home in 1965 after they won the American Football League championship, Muhammad Ali’s victory over Karl Mildenberger in Germany in 1966, Miles Davis performing in New York City’s Village Vanguard in 1966 and Secretariat’s triumph in the Kentucky Derby in 1973.

His wife of 37 years, the former Geraldine Skarupinski, a receptionist for the Amherst Highway Department, died in 2008.

Survivors include a daughter, Alexis C. Falise; a son, Nathan; a sister, Patricia Casciano; three brothers, Daniel, James and Frank; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Friday in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

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