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Claude H. Fournier, railroad brakeman Nov. 24, 1925 -- Dec. 23, 2005

Claude H. Fournier, a former railroad brakeman and truck driver, died Friday at home after a long illness. He was 80.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended local schools.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and saw action off the Normandy coast.

After the war, he worked for the former Niagara Junction Railroad as a brakeman. In the 1950s, he owned the LaSalle Soda Bar for about four years. Later, he drove for Empire Concrete before retiring in 1989.

Mr. Fournier was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 917, Niagara Falls, where he served as senior vice commander in 1984-85.

Survivors include his wife, the former Pearl Bissell, whom he married in 1947; three sons, Mike, Steve and Phil, and two daughters, Pam and Michelle Whalen, all of Niagara Falls; a sister, Henrietta Hilts of the Town of Niagara; a brother, J. Henry of Niagara Falls; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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