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Florence B. O'Brien, 94, longtime AM&A's clerical worker Aug. 15, 1914 -- Feb. 23, 2009

Florence B. O'Brien, a longtime clerical worker at AM&A's and a boat racing enthusiast, died Monday in Wyoming County Nursing Facility, Warsaw. She was 94.

Born Florence Marvin in Buffalo, she lived for most of her life in the Riverside section of the city.

Mrs. O'Brien worked in the accounting department of AM&A's for more than 30 years.

But her and her family's passion was boat racing. All were members of the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association, Buffalo & Tonawanda Boat Racing Association and the American Power Boat Association.

For many years, her son raced the Wha Hoppen, speed boat owned by Chet Bourne. Her husband served as crew chief, and she attended all of their competitions. They raced the boat on the Niagara River and throughout the United States and Canada.

Mrs. O'Brien was also active in her church and crocheted dolls for children facing surgery at Women and Children's Hospital. In addition, she was a member of the Wyoming County Veterans Association.

Her husband of 57 years, John "Jack," died in 1994.

She is survived by a son, William, and a sister, June Louis.

Her funeral will be at 6 p.m. today in James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St. A second service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 311 Ontario St.

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