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JAMES J. CAPTAIN, OPERATED AREA RESTAURANTS

James J. Captain, 86, of Angola, a retired Buffalo-area restaurateur, died Sunday (Aug. 23, 1998) while visiting family in the Rochester suburb of Greece.

Born in the Pine Hill section of Buffalo, he attended Most Holy Redeemer School and at age 14 opened his first business -- a hot dog stand next to the Commodore Theater on Genesee Street.

He continued in the food and restaurant business for more than 40 years, operating a roadhouse on Main Street in Amherst, Jerry and Jim's Musical Bar in Lancaster with pianist Jerry Battistoni and Jim Captain's Restaurant at Genesee and Kiefer streets.

He moved to Angola after retiring in the mid-1970s and became active in Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company. After joining the auxiliary, he trained to become a firefighter and served as a fire policeman for nearly 20 years.

He was active in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.

He was married in 1935 to Olive F. Bergum. After a 43-year separation, he was reunited with her, and they renewed their marriage vows in 1987.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, James K. of Greece and Robert of Scio; a brother, George Sr. of East Aurora; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola, after prayers at 8:45 in Schiavone Funeral Home, 8434 N. Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Angola.

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