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Gasper "Joe" Scime, who spent more than 50 years in the grocery business, died Saturday (Dec. 18, 1999) in his son's home in Clarence. He was 86.

Born in Racalmuto, Sicily, he came to this country when he was 2 years old and started working at his father's grocery store at West and Auburn avenues in the 1920s. In the late 1930s, he and his brother Anthony opened their own store at Hampshire and 19th streets. That store closed in 1947, and he and his four brothers opened Scime Brothers Wholesale.

That business closed in 1950, and Scime opened Foodtown on Abbott Road. He relocated to the C-Me Market in 1961 at Bailey and LaSalle avenues and retired in 1977.

He was a member of the Racalmutese Society and the choir and Holy Name Society of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

He loved gardening and was devoted to St. Joseph. He and his late wife were hosts to a St. Joseph's Table for more than 35 years. The former Carmela R. Mendola died in 1996. They had been married 56 years.

He is survived by five daughters, Salvatrice Murphy of Silver Springs, Md., Rosalle Hoffman, Carmen Arrindell and Carol Mullen, all of Buffalo, and Elizabeth Starks of Clarence; four sons, Anthony and John, both of Amherst, Joseph of Clarence and Gerald of Hammond; a sister, Caroline Lazzaro of Amherst; three brothers, Salvatore of Port Richey, Fla., Joseph of Amherst and Charles of Clarence; 39 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Herkimer and Albany streets. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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