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A Mass of Christian Burial for William Crapo, 63, of South Buffalo, a retired ironworker and an employee of the City of Buffalo Public Works Department since 1993, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Crapo, who was born in Buffalo, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) while filling a pothole at Michigan Avenue and Sycamore Street. He was working alone when he collapsed after apparently suffering a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Buffalo General Hospital.

He attended South Park High School and served in the Navy for four years. He then spent 30 years as a member of Ironworkers Local 6. In 1993, after he retired, he went to work for the Public Works Department. For the last 10 years, he also worked for the Buffalo Bills on the game-day entertainment staff.

Crapo was an active member of Monsignor Nash Council 3875, Knights of Columbus, and was a frequent Saturday night bartender there. He previously served on the council's board of directors.

A sportsman, he enjoyed bowling, golf and softball.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Gail Thibault Crapo; two sons, David of Wellsville and Kevin of Buffalo; two sisters, Mary Jane Smith of Allegany and Carol Riley of Buffalo; three brothers, Richard and Donald, both of Buffalo, and Robert of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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