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Albert Rice, a longtime member and former chairman of the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission, died Saturday (March 28, 1998) in his Hyde Park Boulevard home, after a short illness. He was 74.

Rice was born in Niagara Falls.

He worked as a truck driver at the Carborundum Co. from 1940 to 1975.

Rice was a member of the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he had served on the usher board, the board of trustees, the Amal Ahiman Club, the stewardship board and the finance committee.

He served as chairman of the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission for many years , stepping down as chairman in 1996. His term on the board was to expire in August. He also served on the minority advisory committee of the Niagara Falls Community Housing Resource Board.

Rice was a past master of the Electric City Lodge 49 Prince Hall Affiliation, F&AM, the Bison Consistory Masonic Lodge 28 and the Hadji Masonic Temple 61.

His wife, the former Ernestine Ward, died in 1995.

Survivors include a son, Michael.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today in St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Ave. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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