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Christ Nichols, 82, a retired millwright for Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., and a founding member of the Allentown Association, died Sunday (July 20, 1997) in his daughter's home in Fort Erie, Ont., after a long illness.

Born in Manchester, N.H., Nichols moved to Buffalo at the age of 15.

During World War II, he worked for the Curtiss-Wright airplane factory in Buffalo, then worked for many years as a millwright at Harrison in Buffalo before retiring in 1976.

He was an active union member of Local 634, United Auto Workers, and served 17 years on its bargaining committee.

He was a founding member of the Allentown Association and Day's Park Block Club. He also was a Boy Scout leader for more than 15 years.

For more than 65 years, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society and volunteered for the annual Catholic Charities drives.

For more than 50 years, he was a fourth-degree member of Delaware Council 184, Knights of Columbus, and was a two-term grand knight. He was active in Golden Gloves boxing as a promoter and a sponsor.

During the Depression years, he helped build many bridges at Yellowstone National Park under a federal youth-work program.

Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, the former Marie Girard; three daughters, Patricia of Phoenix, Dolores Murphy of Buffalo and Marie VanderPol of Fort Erie; two sons, Christ A. and Steven; a sister, Katherine Argiros of Greece; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Immaculate Conception Church, 150 Edward St. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Perna Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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