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Charles K. Sweeney Sr., Westinghouse senior engineer May 13, 1921 -- Feb. 6, 2009

Charles K. Sweeney Sr., a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer, died Friday in his Hamburg home. He was 87.

Born in Columbus, Miss., he graduated from Stephen D. Lee High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State College in 1943.

Mr. Sweeney worked for Westinghouse as a senior engineer in the company's Field Services, Large Motor Division, in Cheektowaga for 41 years. He retired in 1987.

He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater in World War II as a navigator in B-29 heavy bombers. A second lieutenant, Mr. Sweeney flew six flights over Japan from the islands of Guam and Tinian.

He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Post 527, American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rita Reuther; five sons, Martin, Christopher, Charles, John and Patrick; and a daughter, Mary Fazekas.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. today in Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg.


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