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Edwin J. McKenica, founder, retired owner of machine shop <br> Jan. 9, 1921 -- April 9, 2007

A service for Edwin J. McKenica, founder and retired owner of Edwin J. McKenica & Sons, a local machine shop, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Amherst.

Mr. McKenica died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86.

Born in Verona, Pa., he moved to Buffalo in the mid-1930s and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He began his apprenticeship with a local company as a tool-and-die maker. In 1945, he joined his father in business at Joseph McKenica & Sons Machine Shop. He was later a founding partner in AM&S II, employing more than 65 workers.

Mr. McKenica sold his business to Thermal Components in 1972. Two years later, he bought Wolf Machine on Clinton Street, which is still in operation as Edwin J. McKenica & Sons, a manufacturer of parts used in automobile radiators. The company's machines are in production worldwide.

Mr. McKenica was a former president of the Machine Shop Association of Western New York, and a member of The Chapel at CrossPoint in Amherst. He traveled extensively, and enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Edith J. Andrews; a daughter, Judith; four sons, Richard, Robert, Ronald and Randall; a sister, Betty Durdan; and a brother, Winfield.


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