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Leo P. Hahin of Cheektowaga, owner of a business machine company and a former Little League coach, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) in Veterans Hospital after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, Hahin owned and operated Add-Type Business Machines Co. in Cheektowaga from 1965 until his death.

After a stint in the 1930s in the Army's Battery B Fifth Field Artillery, serving as an artilleryman and field telephone operator, Hahin entered the merchant marine, staring as an oiler, then advancing to junior assistant engineer.

In 1943, after achieving a perfect score on the entrance examination, Hahin entered the Merchant Marine Officers School in New London, Conn. He was commissioned an ensign and served on a convoy of merchant ships carrying war materiel in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He rose to the rank of lieutenant.

After the war, Hahin went to work as an engineer for Rich's Ice Cream, then J.W. Clement Co., an Erie Street printing business, which later merged with Arcata Graphics in Depew. he then launched his own business.

He coached Little League baseball in Cheektowaga and enjoyed disco and ballroom dancing, acting and spending time with his grandchildren.

He and Nancy Morabito Hahin were married 36 years.

After her death, Hahin became an avid disco dancer and dabbled in bit acting parts in humorous short subjects on independent television.

Survivors include three sons, Christopher of Springfield, Ill., Richard of Cortland, Ill., and Michael of Evans; three daughters, Noreen Evens of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Linda of Cheektowaga and Mary Louise Chuhaj of Upper Mountain, Md.; a brother, John of Hamburg; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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