Adolph J. Gentile, a jeweler and wounded World War II veteran, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) in Veterans Hospital after a brief illness. He was 84.
A native of Buffalo, Gentile owned and operated University Jewelers with his two brothers before World War II broke out.
An Army veteran, Gentile was wounded at Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy and was awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war, he owned and operated M&N Record Distributing Co./Sound on Washington Street, which serviced record outlets in Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton and Syracuse.
He retired from Saturn Ring Co. as a ring maker and bench jeweler in 1979 and then opened Gentile Jewelry on Pearl Street with his son, Paul.
Gentile was a life member of Chapter 188, Disabled American Veterans, and Troop I Post, American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, the former Virginia Saviola; his son, Paul; a brother, Vincent "Jimmy" of Florida; and a sister, Rosetta Pellegrino of Long Island.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave. Prayers will be said at 9 in Sauer-Lynett-Amigone Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.