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FEB. 16, 1937 -- NOV. 22, 2004

James G. Halt, a retired graphic designer, died Monday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 67.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Halt lived briefly in Kenmore before settling in Amherst as a child. He graduated from Amherst Central High School and earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University at Buffalo.

In 1978, he opened James Halt Graphic Design out of his home, then later moved the business into an office in Kenmore. He retired in January 2000.

He was a member of the Western New York Directors Club and won numerous awards from the club for his work. He also enjoyed woodworking and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, the former Diane Merrell; one daughter, Shannon of Cheektowaga; three sons, Kevin of Amherst, Sean of Buffalo and Chris of Amherst; three brothers, Ronald of Ventura, Calif., Thomas of the Town of Tonawanda; and Robert of Amherst; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Benedict's Church, Main Street and Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

His ashes will be interred near the family cottage in East Otto.


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