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Abraham Blinkoff, former owner of Singer's drugstores in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, died Monday (June 25, 2001) in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. The lifelong Buffalo resident was 87.

The youngest of five children of parents who fled czarist Russia, he was a 1931 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School, where he was a class officer and captain of the debate team that won the citywide Interscholastic Debate.

He worked as an inspector at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant during World War II and then went to work for Singer's, eventually becoming supervisor and then owner of the chain, which at one time had four stores in downtown Buffalo and two in Niagara Falls. He retired in 1981 and sold the two remaining stores to Rite Aid.

He remained in business, however, and he and his wife, Sara, operated Sara's Corner at a Cheektowaga flea market until recently.

Blinkoff served as president of B'nai B'rith of Western New York and the Order of the Foresters. He was a volunteer and supporter of the Jewish Center and Buffalo General Hospital and was a member of Temple Shaarey Zedek.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Sara Schrutt; two sons, Michael of Buffalo and Charles of Amherst; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held today in Amherst Memorial Chapel, Getzville. Burial was in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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