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James F. Mudd, former Lewiston councilman; Oct. 8, 1927 -- March 24, 2011

LEWISTON -- James Francis Mudd, a former Town Board member who was active in the Democratic party, died Thursday in his home under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 83.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Mudd graduated from the University of Louisville in 1951 with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering, and worked for the Occidental Chemical Co. in Niagara Falls for 30 years.

He moved to Lewiston in 1961, and was active in the Democratic Party for 50 years. He served as chairman of the Town Democratic Committee and as vice chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee. In 1989, he was elected to the Lewiston Town Board.

Mr. Mudd was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church for many years and the Niagara University parish.

After retirement, he served as a teacher's aide through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and as chairman of the Niagara County chapter of the Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

Mr. Mudd is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Therese M. Simmons; three daughters, Peggy Cagle, Ellen, and Mary Sanderson; three sons, Michael, Kevin and Andrew; and a brother, Robert.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Rhoney Funeral Home, 901 Cayuga St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Alumni Chapel at Niagara University.