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Marvin A. Ford, 83, a former Hamburg resident, died Wednesday (May 21, 2003) in Mariner Health Nursing Home, Port Charlotte, Fla., after a long illness.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Ford was in the Army from 1939 to 1945 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, earning three Bronze Stars. When he returned, he lived in West Seneca and later became a resident of Hamburg from 1969 to 1982.

He worked for 40 years making commercial refrigeration units for Niagara Blower Co. in the Town of Tonawanda, retiring in 1981. In 1982, he moved to Port Charlotte. While there, he was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His first wife, Alberta Mosier Ford, died in 1968.

He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Weigand; three daughters, Jacquelyn Cookston and Kathleen Hash, both of Roanoke, Va., and Cynthia Pronti of Buffalo; two sons, Richard of St. Petersburg, Fla., and James of Quinlan, Texas; a stepson, Michael Melnyk of Los Angeles; a sister, Herleen Hutton of Buffalo; and 16 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in San Antonio Catholic Church, Port Charlotte. Interment will be in the church.


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