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JAMES F. STONE, DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, FIREMAN, COACH

James F. Stone of the Town of Tonawanda and Denver died Wednesday (Oct. 8, 1997) at Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 61.

Born and raised in the Niagara Falls area, Stone was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School and St. Bonaventure University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He also attended Villanova University.

Stone was a defense contractor with General Dynamics, Bell Aerospace Textron and Sylvania.

He also worked for U.S. West, a communications company, and Arab American Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia. At the time of his death, he was on disability leave from the Sonwil Distribution Center.

A member of the Knights of Columbus, Stone coached youth hockey in Western New York, Atlanta and Dallas.

He was co-founder of the All-Catholic Hockey League of diocese high schools and coached hockey for Cardinal O'Hara High School from 1977 to 1980.

Stone also was a baseball coach in the Mel Ott youth organization and a volunteer firefighter with Ellicott Creek Fire Company.

Survivors include two sons, William J. of Tampa, Fla., and Christopher P. of Amherst; two daughters, Molly Mackiewicz of Cheektowaga and Anne DiNatale of the Town of Tonawanda; a special friend, Kathleen Stone of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.

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