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Gerald Brinkworth, city firefighter, tavern owner; May 13, 1932 -- June 18, 2011

Gerald Brinkworth, a career Buffalo firefighter and tavern owner, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Brinkworth served in the U.S. Navy for four years in

Japan and Guam.

He graduated in 1949 from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, where he was an All-Catholic football player, winning a scholarship to Canisius College.

For much of his life, Mr. Brinkworth worked at Engine 37 of the Buffalo Fire Department. He retired in 1986. He followed the family business by working in his father's Main Street tavern, the Diplomat.

Mr. Brinkworth then went on to own the Inn Between with his brother Dennis. Starting in 1986, he owned another tavern named the Diplomat on Allen Street with his brother Richard.

Upon his retirement, he continued to work seasonally for the City of Buffalo Parks Department, Erie County Olmsted Parks and as a bridge tender for the Ferry Street Lift Bridge.

His wife of 41 years, Joan Wood Brinkworth, died in 2001.

Survivors include a son,

Gerald Jr.; two daughters Kelly, and Erin Brinkworth-Pleiffer; two brothers, Richard and Kevin; and a sister, Patricia Bower.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Main Street and Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

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