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ROBERT DENEAU, RETIRED SALES MANAGER

Robert DeNeau, 75, of Williamsville, a former Lockport resident who had served on the Lockport Town Board and was a retired sales manager for two meat-packing companies, died Saturday (Dec. 25, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness.

DeNeau was born in Lockport and graduated from Lockport High School in 1942.

He then entered the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving for a time aboard a destroyer based in Maryland and completing his tour of nearly four years as a petty officer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

After leaving the Navy, he attended the University of Buffalo and earned a bachelor's degree.

For 28 years, DeNeau worked for Swift Meat Co. as regional sales manager. In 1979, he joined Joseph Malecki Meat Co. of Buffalo as national sales manager. He retired in 1985.

He was on the Lockport Town Board from 1962 to 1973.

He was a member of Cheektowaga Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Aerie 41, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lockport, serving as chairman of all its committees at one time or another and as house committee chairman for several years.

He enjoyed all sports, especially golf.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Katherine Plummer; two sons, Paul of Buffalo and Robert J. of Honolulu; three daughters, Cynthia McCoy of Tucson, Ariz., Deborah Noble of Lockport and Rebecca of Cleveland; a brother, Ray of Lockport; a sister, Dorothy Anne Zayac of Tucson; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport.

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