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John R. Sole, retired food broker <br> June 19, 1936 -- Feb. 26, 2009

John R. Sole, a retired food broker who once served as commissioner of the Buffalo Water Board, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 72.

Mr. Sole was born in Buffalo and attended the University at Buffalo. From 1957 until 1961 he served in the Coast Guard.

Mr. Sole was a food broker, but he also served on the city's water board for many years. From 1992 to 2000, he was commissioner.

Mr. Sole is survived by a son, Jason; a sister, Carole Maggio; and a brother, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

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