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James A. "Duck" Hankinson, 65, of Bartow, Fla., a retired letter carrier, died unexpectedly Monday (Feb. 19, 2001) in Bartow Memorial Hospital after undergoing surgery.

Born and raised in the City of Tonawanda, Hankinson moved to Bartow two years ago.

He retired in 1991 after 35 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the City of Tonawanda.

He graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1953 and served in the Army from 1954 to 1956.

He was a member of Branch 760, National Association of Letter Carriers. He also was involved in coaching with the Tonawanda Football Clinic, the Tonawanda National Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball for many years. He was the recipient of the John F. Kopczynski Award for Service to Youth.

He was also a member of the Eldredge Club in the City of Tonawanda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda M. Winkler; four sons, Mark of North Tonawanda, and Matthew, Philip and Paul, all of the City of Tonawanda; two sisters, Marilyn Keleher and Sandra Blackburn, both of the City of Tonawanda; a brother, Dennis of the City of Tonawanda; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Salem United Church of Christ, Main and Morgan streets, City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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