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Arthur M. Jeffery, 88, a retired worker at the Chevrolet plant in Buffalo who also founded a candy store in Ransomville, died Saturday (Feb. 17, 2001) in Crestwood Health Care Center, Wheatfield, after a long illness.

Jeffery was born in Westfield. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific.

Many years ago, Jeffery was a cabinetmaker and owned his own cabinet business. In 1946, he became a master carpenter at the Chevrolet plant in Buffalo, from which he retired 30 years later. He lived in Buffalo during that time.

After retiring, he moved to Ransomville and with his wife opened Kay's Candy, which is still a family-run business. He was known locally as "the candy man."

Jeffery was a former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 77, Buffalo. He was a member of Lodge 182, F&AM, Amherst, and was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason.

He was a member of Cambria United Church of Christ.

His wife of 58 years, Katherine Lang Jeffery, died Sept. 23, 2000.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence of Anaheim, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Neureuter of Lockport; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cambria United Church of Christ, 4045 Lower Mountain Road. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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