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Charles R. Civello, a former welder, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Gates Circle, after a brief illness. He was 83.

A lifelong Western New York resident, Mr. Civello was born in Buffalo and lived in Amherst, as well as Pompano Beach, Fla.

He was accomplished in metallurgy welding, with extensive knowledge of metal welding processes and testing procedures. He was president in 1972 of the American Welding Society, and a member of its board of directors for many years. In 1988, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation honored him as a fellow for his contributions.

Mr. Civello held management positions for 26 years with the Blaw Knox Company's Buflovac Equipment Division in Buffalo, and was quality control manager of American Precision's Basco division in Buffalo until 1986. He later consulted with Hunt Engineering Co., working until 2002.

Near the end of his career, he oversaw the inspection of welds on the refurbished Marine Parkway Bridge connecting Queens and Brooklyn.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Olympia Malachowski; two daughters, Anita B. Civello of Williamsville and Susan Williams of Getzville; a son, Richard of Buffalo; a sister, Kathryn Vertino of Kenmore; two brothers, John of Williamsville, and Joseph of San Mateo, Calif.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Entombment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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