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FEB. 3, 1922 -- NOV. 1, 2004

Robert J. McDermott, former general manager of Union Carbide Corp., died Monday at home under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 82.

He was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools.

Mr. McDermott served with the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Niagara University. He also attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and Canisius College.

He was general manager of Union Carbide's Carbon Graphics Division and helped open a Union Carbide plant in Tennessee, which took 3 1/2 years. He retired in 1974 after 21 years of service.

He then taught science at Emmett Belknap Middle School in Lockport and worked for the City of Niagara Falls in data processing for several years.

He worked as a security guard at both Canisius College and Niagara University from 1980 to 1991.

Mr. McDermott was a former member of Sacred Heart Guild and a member of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, where he served on the Parish Council during the construction of the present church.

He participated in many lawn bowling leagues.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Barbara J. Howes; five sons, John P. of The Colony, Texas, Michael J. of Grand Island, Thomas H. Sr. of Springville, Robert J. Jr. of the Town of Niagara and Richard E. of West Seneca; two daughters, Virginia K. Tompkins and Mary McDermott Troia, both of Lewiston; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Church, College and Macklem avenues, after prayers at 9:15 in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets, Lewiston. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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