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John A. Blunt, retired American Brass crew leader <br> August 7, 1940 -- Sept. 7, 2009

John A. "Chief" Blunt, the first crew leader at American Brass and a retired naval reservist, died Monday in Mercy Hospital. He was 69.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Blunt graduated from Erie Community College. He served in the Navy from 1959 to 1961, then joined the Naval Reserve.

In 1969, he went to work at American Brass, where he became the first crew leader. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1992 as a master chief petty officer machine repairman. Seven years later, he retired from American Brass.

Mr. Blunt, a Pendleton resident, was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 54, past president and life member of the Chief Petty Officers Club of Western New York and past chairman of the Conservation Board of Pendleton.

A motorcycle enthusiast, he was also past president of the Niagara American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and past district coordinator of the New York State ABATE.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy E. Baumler; a daughter, Deborah A. Boland; and a son, John A.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Cemetery, Pine Ridge and Sugar roads, Cheektowaga.

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