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John Palica <br> June 2, 1915 -- Dec. 2, 2006

John Palica, a Bell Aircraft retiree, died Saturday in his Buffalo home. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Palica was a graduate of McKinley High School.

He retired in 1974 after being employed more than 32 years for Bell Aircraft in Wheatfield. A woodworker, he constructed models of airplane prototypes for Bell.

His wife of 69 years, the former Mary Costanzo, described her husband as mechanically talented in many areas, including electrical work.

Survivors also include a son, John Michael, and a daughter, Jacqueline Budwee.

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