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Albert L. Mantelli, owned RV business Dec. 11, 1930 -- Dec. 29, 2006

Albert L. Mantelli of Clarence Center, owner of an automotive and recreational vehicle sales business, died Friday in Lockport Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 76.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Mantelli attended Kensington High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1950 on the USS Albany, where he toured the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.

In 1963, he opened an automotive collision and repair business on Transit Road in Lockport. He began selling camping trailers in 1966; the following year, Mantelli Trailer Sales began selling recreational vehicles.

He remained active in the company until his illness. The business continues under his daughter's ownership.

Mr. Mantelli served as president of the Western New York Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association for more than two decades.

He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in his RV, as well as cruises in Alaska and the Caribbean.

Mr. Mantelli had a passion for airplanes, and spent many hours building and flying model remote control airplanes. He was a member of the R/C Pulsers, the Balsa Dusters and the R/C Gypsies Camping Group. His model planes won many contests and awards.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Shirley Simon; two sons, David and Marc; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Diane Karan.

Services will be private.

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