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Raymond M. Burling, 73, of Eddy Drive West, formerly of Niagara Falls, who worked in the instrumentation department of two local companies, died Friday (Aug. 21, 1998) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Niagara Falls, was a graduate of LaSalle High School and attended Erie County Tech, majoring in instrumentation.

Burling worked at the former International Mineral & Chemical Co., Niagara Falls, in the instrumentation department for 27 years, and then at the Nitec Corp. for nine years, also in the instrumentation department. He then worked for the City of Niagara Falls as a maintenance mechanic for five years, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was also a car enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ruggirello; a son, Raymond A. of Niagara Falls; a daughter, Beth Ann Trane of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy Bouley of Niagara Falls; and two granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, following services at 10 a.m. in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. [kwlk]

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