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PAUL M. BRASTED, TELEPHONE ENGINEER

Paul M. Brasted, 76, of Safety Harbor, Fla., a retired telephone company engineer and a former Buffalo-area resident, died Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) in Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla., after a brief illness.

Born in Rochester, he came to Buffalo with his family as a child. He attended School 80 and was a graduate of East Aurora High School. He received his degree in engineering from Syracuse University and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Returning from service, he joined New York Telephone, where he was a PBX engineer. A longtime resident of Cheektowaga, he moved to Florida after he retired in 1980.

A Mason, he was a member of Ismailia Shrine Temple, West Seneca; Blazing Star Lodge 694, East Aurora; and Lodge 252, Tampa, Fla.

He also was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Safety Harbor. He served on the board of trustees of Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater.

He and Eleanor Hagner were married in 1946.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Karen of Holiday, Fla., and Linda M. of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a sister, Doris Hodgson of Hamburg; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements for services in Bethel Lutheran Church, Clearwater, are incomplete.

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