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John J. Golden of Amherst, who worked in the foundry industry, died Monday (Nov. 23, 1998) in his winter home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was 79.

Golden flew 33 missions as a gunner on B-17 and B-24 bombers in the European Theater of World War II, serving with the Army's 8th Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.

Golden and his wife, the former Maureen O'Hara Thoen, operated Golden's Deli in North Tonawanda before retiring in 1985.

Earlier, he was employed by Bison Castings, McCallum Bronze, Frontier Bronze and Aluminum Matchplate.

Born in Arcade, Golden grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Annunciation School and Annunciation High School and attended Canisius College.

He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Christopher's Catholic Church.

His first wife, Norma Murray Golden, died in 1963.

Golden was a member of the North Side First Friday Club, St. Christopher's senior citizens group, the 8th Air Force Veterans, 8th Air Force Historical Society and 34th Bomb Group Association.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, John J. Jr. of Niagara Falls; six daughters, Colleen Thur of Kenmore, Kathleen Gallagher of the Town of Tonawanda, Barbara Hanel of Elma, Maureen Fox of Joliet, Ill., Mary Laura Bower of Amherst and Sister Roberta Thoen of Lockport; three brothers, James Norton of Amherst, Robert Golden of New Smyrna and Edward Norton; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Prayers at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, will precede a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:45 in St. Christopher's Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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