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Conde Peoples Jr., retired firefighter March 6, 1935 -- Nov. 29, 2005

Conde Peoples Jr. of Williamsport, Pa., a retired Buffalo firefighter and Marine Corps veteran, died in a Williamsport hospital Nov. 29 after a short illness. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Peoples was a city resident until moving to Williamsport in 1995.

A graduate of Erie Community College, he served in the Marine Corps before becoming a Buffalo firefighter in 1966. He was awarded the Edward H. Butler Memorial Award for Bravery silver medal in the early 1970s, and retired in 1994.

Mr. Peoples was a founder and member of Members of Color Helping All, a local chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters. He also served as regional director for the association.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Vivian Jernigan; two daughters, Ellen and Michelle, both of Buffalo; five sons, Conde III of San Francisco, Richard of Williamsport, Pa., Fred of Baltimore and Keveth and Aaron, both of Buffalo; two brothers, Fred of Harrisburg, Pa., and Michael of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

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