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Carl A. Boncore, retired appliance repairman; July 17, 1950 -- Dec. 13, 2011

Carl A. Boncore, a retired appliance repairman formerly of the Town of Tonawanda, died Dec. 13 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz., after a short illness. He was 61.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Boncore was raised in the Town of Tonawanda, where he attended Kenmore West High School.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Boncore served in the Army out of Fort Dix, N.J. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Western New York to work as a service repairman for Sears, Roebuck and Co.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Boncore opened his own business, As Fast Service Appliance Repair, in Lockport. He also became a frequent guest on WKBW-TV's "AM Buffalo," where he offered advice to viewers about appliance maintenance.

After operating his own business for several years, Mr. Boncore returned to work at Sears, retired in 1998 and moved to Arizona. He started a motorcycle event, the San Diego Dice Run, where a group of up to 50 Harley Davidson bikers each year would ride from Phoenix to San Diego and back.

Mr. Boncore is survived by his wife of 12 years, Jan; his mother, Sarah J.; a daughter, Tiffany Ann; a son, Carl Jr.; a sister, Rose Fera; brothers, Justin, Anthony, Peter and Philip; and two stepdaughters, Kelly Campbell and Jaemi Shanken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 in St. Timothy Catholic Church, 565 East Park Drive, Town of Tonawanda.