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JULY 6, 1923 -- APRIL 17, 2005

Alvin N. Kaymore, a former postmaster, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. He was 81.

A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Mr. Kaymore served in the Army during World War II.

He had been employed for 48 years by the Postal Service in Dunkirk. Beginning as a substitute mail carrier, he worked his way up through the ranks, retiring in 1993 as postmaster -- a position he had held since March 1975. He received numerous awards for his service, including a certificate in 1966 for devising a postal accounting form that was simpler than one currently in use.

He was also the co-owner of Dee's Bridal Shoppe in Dunkirk with his wife, Martha. She died in 2003.

Active in veterans organizations, he was in charge of organizing the annual Memorial Day parade for the past 44 years. He served as commander of Post 62, American Legion, and Charles Tinley Chapter 142, Disabled American Veterans. In addition, he was chairman of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, overseeing and participating in military funerals, and also had been a former secretary-treasurer of the county chapter. He was a member of John T. Murray Post 1017, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Order of Trench Rats.

He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. Other memberships included Dunkirk Lodge 89, Loyal Order of Moose; Moniuszko Club; Kosciuszko Polish Home; First Ward Falcon Club;, Shorewood Country Club; National Association of Postmasters of the United States; and the U.S. Track and Field Federation.

Survivors include three daughters, Odette Hice of Raleigh, N.C., Deborah Becerra of Dunkirk and Renate Scott of Lakeview; seven grandchildren; and six-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., after prayers at 9:15 in McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, 736 Central Ave. Entombment will be in the Assumption Mausoleum of St. Mary's Cemetery.