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DONALD O. ARGY SR., FOUNDED HEATING FIRM

Donald O. Argy Sr., 75, of Grand Island, founder of a heating company, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2001) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and Niagara University.

He founded Argy and Sons Heating and Sheet Metal in Niagara Falls with his father and brother Paul in the early 1950s and became chief executive officer after his father died in the early 1970s.

Argy was past president of the New York State Heating, Air Conditioning and Roofers Contractors Association and the first president of the Home School Association at St. Stephen's School on Grand Island.

He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Stephen's Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Niagara Falls, the Kiwanis Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Buffalo Launch Club.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Jeanne Burns; three sons, Donald Jr. of Lake View and Mark and Ed, both of Grand Island; six daughters, Lynne Ryan of Dallas, Lori Muoio of Woodstock, Ga., Colleen Robinson, Gail Hess and Kelly Stessing, all of Grand Island, and Mary Ann of West Hartford, Conn.; two brothers, Robert of Garden City, S.C., and Paul Sr. of Niagara Falls; a sister, Rose Lingenfelter of Niagara Falls; and 22 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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