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Joseph J. Cheshire, 83, retired chief assistant operator for the State Power Authority, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 1996) in Mount St. Mary's Nursing Home, Niagara Falls, after a long illness.

Cheshire, of Creek Road, was born in Swan River, Manitoba, and moved to the United States in 1923. He had lived in Lewiston since 1936.

He graduated from Youngstown High School.

Cheshire worked for the Power Authority for 15 years, retiring in 1975. He previously worked Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 29 years as a power production operator.

He was a 25-year member of Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and was an exempt member for several years. An avid sportsman, he also was a member of the Conservation Club of Franklinville and the State Power Authority Retirees.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary E. Hardiman; a son, Thomas O. of Orchard Park; two daughters, Dorothy L. Bane of Central Square and Virginia A. Moretti; a stepbrother, Charles Carpenter of Fredonia; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Ridge and Fourth streets. Burial will be scheduled in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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