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J. Harold Whitmore, 85, who retired as trust officer from the main Buffalo branch of Marine Midland Bank, died Tuesday (Sept. 23, 1997) in his McKoon Avenue home under the care of Niagara Hospice.

He was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from St. Mary's High School and Niagara University.

During World War II, Whitmore served in the Army Air Forces, with the 99th Bomb Group in Africa and Italy.

He worked at Marine Midland Bank for more than 38 years, starting in the trust office at the Power City branch in 1937, until being promoted to trust officer at the main Buffalo branch in 1965. He retired in 1975.

Whitmore was the founder of the tax-counseling program for the elderly, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons. He served four terms as the president of the Council on Aging of Niagara County and on its board.

Whitmore also was active in the Porta Niagara Girls Club, serving as treasurer and a board member, and was a member of the Retired Men's Club since 1977, serving as the organization's treasurer for many years. He also was a 20-year volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

In addition, he received the Tops Good Neighbor Award in 1986 and was awarded the Lozz Johnson Memorial Award in 1989 for his many years of service to the people of the Retired Men's Service Club.

Whitmore was an active member of the Niagara University Alumni, a member of the council and Senior Citizens Social Club of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Survivors include a sister, Mary W. Hastee; and a dear friend, Ida Parker of Niagara Falls, Ont.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Teresa's Church, College and Macklem avenues, with prayers at 9:30 in Rhoney Funeral Home, 1124 Ontario Ave. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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