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MARTIN F. COMER SR., PLAYED FOR BILLS IN '40S

Martin F. Comer Sr., who played for the Buffalo Bills in the All-America Football Conference during the 1940s, died Sunday (March 22, 1998) in Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in Louisiana. He was 80.

In 1996, Comer attended the 50th reunion of the Buffalo Bills' inaugural 1946 football team at Rich Stadium.

He played three seasons with the Bills, under Coach Lowell "Red" Dawson, and was later named to the Buffalo Bills Alumni.

In 1949 he began coaching high school football in New Orleans, where he lived at the time of his death.

The Indiana native was a graduate of Tulane University, where he played on the 1940 Sugar Bowl team and was named to the all-star team of the Southeastern Conference. In 1942, he set a school record, which still stands, by catching four consecutive passes for touchdowns.

During World War II, Comer was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, managing a program at Tulane to train future military personnel.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elaine D. Bevinetto; two daughters, Marlane N. Comer Dows of New Orleans and Gina M. of Milburn, N.J.; three brothers, Malcolm and Homer Peek and Robert Comer, all of New Orleans; a sister, Mary Frances Peek Boots of New Orleans; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, followed by burial in Lake Lawn Park Cemetery, New Orleans.

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