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George H. Kam, 77, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired electrical engineer, died unexpectedly Thursday in Lakeshore Hospital, Irving. He was 77.

A native of Buffalo, he worked as an electrical engineer with GTE Sylvania in Buffalo and Batavia, retiring in 1983. Before that, he worked for General Motors and Bell Aircraft.

He received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo. He was also a veteran, serving with the Navy as a machinist's mate on a destroyer escort.

Mr. Kam was a member of St. Edmund's Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda and its Holy Name Society and served as a Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Knights of Columbus and Swift-water Power Squadron.

He received 13 patent awards while working at GTE.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Margaret "Midge" Harding; two daughters, Margaret A. Mark of Elma and Carol A. Varga of the City of Tonawanda; two sons, George D. of Chicago and James M. of Seattle; a sister, Dr. Linda A. of Cortez, Fla.; two brothers, Dr. Joseph J. of Amherst and Charles of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Edmund's Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.