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William A. Spencer, 74, of Kenmore, a retired General Motors Corp. employee and a World War II veteran, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) at home after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, Spencer attended Annunciation Elementary and High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and attained the rank of seaman first class while serving at various stateside stations in New York, Maryland and Florida and on the USS Sidonia. He was discharged in 1946.

After his military service, Spencer went to work at the General Motors axle plant on East Delavan Avenue. He began as a machinist on the production line before going on to serve as a tool setter. He was a member of Local 774, United Auto Workers.

A 41-year resident of Kenmore, Spencer was a parishioner of St. Paul's Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society and of Our Lady of Hope Council 3076, Knights of Columbus, in Kenmore.

A member of the Catholic War Veterans and a bowler with its Paul Schifferly Memorial Bowling League from 1949 until 1994, Spencer was on the team the "Desperados," which finished first in 1994. He served as the league's vice president and treasurer. He also had bowled with the Couples' Bowling League at Sheridan Lanes and served as its president.

Spencer and his wife of 51 years, the former Shirley E. White, were supporters of Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity for the last 50 years. His involvement began when his uncle, the late Monsignor Joseph M. McPherson, was the superintendent of Our Lady of Victory Homes.

Spencer was also involved with the promotion and publicity for the canonization of Monsignor Nelson Baker.

Besides his wife, survivors include three sons, William of Lillooet, British Columbia, Michael of Lockport, Mark of Sequim, Wash.; two daughters, Mary Anne and Susan Murray of Hamburg; and two sisters, Mary McCourt of Naples, Fla., and Patricia of Kenmore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Monday in St. Paul's Church, Delaware Avenue at Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore. .

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