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James J. Driscoll, 71, a retired Buffalo police detective, died Saturday (July 19, 1997) in his Cheektowaga home.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory High School, Lackawanna.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS James C. Owens in the North Atlantic and the USS Marblehead in the Mediterranean and Pacific.

After the war, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp., then joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1955.

Driscoll was based in the 10th Precinct on Niagara Street and in 1969 was appointed a detective and served at Police Headquarters with his longtime partner, Detective Edward Duggan.

In 1975, the Detective Sergeants and Detectives Association honored him for outstanding investigative procedures. He also worked in the robbery and homicide divisions. He retired in 1977.

His wife of 41 years, the former Jeanne E. Murray, said Driscoll found much satisfaction being a police officer, "doing a good job and helping others consistently." She said that, during his career, Driscoll traveled as far away as Oregon to track down criminals.

He was a member of the Bison City Rod and Gun Club and Troop I Post, American Legion.

Survivors, besides his wife, include two sons, James J. of Boston, Mass., and John P.; two daughters, Karen M. Schweinsberg of Eden and Elizabeth A. Driscoll; a sister, Mary A. Skrzypek of Hamburg; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna. (rhoads)

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