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Thomas B. Barone, 85, owner of the former Barone Real Estate Corp., died Friday (Dec. 26, 1997) in the Skilled Nursing Facility at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a long illness.

Barone graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1931 and was a general foreman at Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant during World War II. He later spent 10 years with Iroquois Brewery as general sales manager.

He started the Barone Real Estate Corp. in 1954 and was elected president of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors in 1963.

Before retiring, he spent 10 years with the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a deputy chief.

Barone was an active member of several religious, political and fraternal organizations and served as past president of the Exchange Club of Kenmore.

He is survived by one son, Thomas N. of Philadelphia; two daughters, Penny Bromley and Patricia Bagley, both of Kenmore; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:45 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. [Ulrich].

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