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A memorial service for Adam Lidge Sr., 81, a retired auto shop and muffler franchise operator, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee St.

Lidge, a native of Arkansas, died Monday (June 25, 1990) after suffering a heart attack in his home in Buffalo.

He came to Buffalo in 1929 and studied auto mechanics at Buffalo Technical High School. He opened his own shop in 1941 on Mortimer Street. It was the first black-owned muffler franchise in Buffalo. He later moved his business to Jefferson Avenue and operated it until his retirement about 10 years ago.

Lidge was an active member of the YMCA and an avid tennis player and instructor. He also acquired a collection of gold and silver medals in various New York Senior Citizens Olympics. He recently won a medal in state darts competition as well as in swimming events.

Survivors include three sons, Charles of Toronto, Adam Jr. and Richard; four daughters, Donna Smith of North Carolina, Norma Torres, Elizabeth Burgos and Marlene Boyd; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

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