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Casper V. "Boney" Pace, 79, the former owner of Pace's Restaurant, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 1997) in the company of his children in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from School 59 and obtained his general equivalency diploma when he was 62. As a youngster, he lived on Sidney Street.

Pace and his wife, the late Ruth Sapio Pace, owned and operated Pace's Restaurant on Hertel Avenue. He also worked at General Drop Forge, J.H. Williams and eventually retired form Alry Tool and Die.

After retiring, the Paces renovated, maintained and lived in a small once-abandoned apartment building on the lower West Side.

A renowned dancer, Pace also was an avid golfer, sports fan and equestrian permutation speculator.

Survivors include three sons, Edward of Michigan City, Ind., Thomas of Silver Spring, Md., and James of Torrance, Calif.; a daughter, Marion Oliveri of Clarence; three sisters, Cecelia, Anna Goetz and Lucy Celano; a brother, Joseph Rossi; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Perna Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave.[bobrn]

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