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Carmen A. Colao Sr., 72, who worked in Las Vegas casinos, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 1997) in Schoellkopf Health Care Center after a long illness.

Colao was born in Niagara Falls and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Colao, who had lived on Porter Road, managed the former Henry's Hamburgers at Pine Avenue and 24th Street for 10 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1971 and worked in various casinos, retiring from the Tropicana as a bellman in 1990 after 10 years at the casino.

He moved back to Niagara Falls when he fell ill.

Colao enjoyed playing handball and was an amateur boxer.

Survivors include a son, Carmen Jr.; a daughter, Katheryn Scibilia; a sister, Clara Routhier; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., after prayers at 10 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.[prhska]

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