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Fred R. Call Jr., 78, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired West Side businessman, community leader and former member of the County Board of Supervisors, died Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) in Garden Gate Health Care Facility, Cheektowaga.

Born in Batavia, he came to Buffalo with his parents as a child and was a graduate of Lafayette High School. He served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II.

Returning from service, he joined his father, Fred Call Sr., as a partner in Call's Grill, a tavern on Forest Avenue near Dewitt Street. When his father retired in 1966, he took over the business. He closed it in 1988.

Active in the Republican Party, he was a party leader in the 22nd Ward on the West Side. He served for one term as a county supervisor in the early 1960s and was a member of the commission that rewrote the Erie County Charter in the 1970s. He also was an executive assistant to the Buffalo fire commissioner.

He moved to the Town of Tonawanda in 1970.

He and Helen "Betty" Wiesmore were married in 1941. She died in 1995.

Surviving are three sons, Cmdr. Fred R. "Joe" III of Fairfax, Va., Timothy of Snyder and Dennis; a sister, Jeanette Hill of Cheektowaga; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.


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