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Edward T. Hulton, 80, of Amherst, a former Georgetown University and professional basketball player, died Tuesday (Dec. 17, 1996) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness.

A native of West Hoboken, N.J., Hulton graduated from St. Michael's High School in Union City, N.J.

The 6-foot, 3-inch basketball star won a scholarship to Georgetown in 1937. He later played center for the old New Jersey Reds, a professional basketball team.

He served in the Army during World War II. After the war he became a professional basketball referee, calling games at Madison Square Garden in New York City until 1948.

From 1948 to 1970, he was sales representative in New Jersey for P. Ballantine & Sons Brewery. He lived in Fort Lee, N.J.

He moved to Buffalo in 1971 to work as a chemical sales representative for Stern Chemtech Co. He retired in 1990.

Hulton was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Catherine "Kate" Steffenauer; a daughter, Catherine Barnes of Lockport; two sons, Edward of Westfield and Gerald of Amherst; a sister, Madeline Anderson of Nutley, N.J.; a brother, Gerald of Nutley; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 N. French Road, Getzville, after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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