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Samuel Lomando Sr., lumber company founder <br> May 27, 1923 -- Dec. 28, 2010

Samuel Lomando Sr. of Angola, a lifelong Evans-area resident, pilot and businessman who promoted growth in the community, died Tuesday in TLC Health Network-Lake Shore Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Farnham, Mr. Lomando was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran.

He founded Sam's Lumber Co. on Route 5 in Angola. It is still operated by his son Sam Jr., who explained his father's time and resources were devoted to his family.

"He was a giver. Neither he nor my mother ever went on vacation He had a golf cart, but never played golf," said the son, explaining that he used the cart to go from one lumber warehouse to another.

His father also built new homes for his children and enjoyed flying and obtaining his pilot's license when he was in his late 40s. He built an airfield for his Cessna behind his lumberyard and enjoyed catered "fly-in" breakfasts with other local pilot hobbyists at small, local airports.

A business booster, Mr. Lomando was part of the Angola holding company that was responsible for luring Flexovit -- which manufactures abrasive grinding wheels -- to develop a plant in Angola.

Mr. Lomando was active in the Evans Lions Club and Evans Chamber of Commerce and was a life member of the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company.

His wife, Jeanette Catalino Lomando, died in 1997.

Survivors include another son, John; a daughter, Janet Heuer; a sister, Bertha Dickinson; and a brother, James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.

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