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James Ferris, retired Norstar Bank vice president; Jan. 6, 1924 -- Dec. 22, 2011

James Ferris, a retired assistant vice president of the former Norstar Bank, died Thursday at his home in Hamburg. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School, were he was a medal-winning All-High swimmer and elected class president in 1943. He entered the Army later in 1943 and served in the 29th Infantry Division in England during World War II.

Mr. Ferris achieved the rank of sergeant and participated in five battle campaigns, including the invasion of France. He was at Omaha Beach, Normandy, on D-Day June 6, 1944. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged in December 1945.

He began his career in banking as a collections supervisor for the former Liberty Bank in 1957. In 1964, he was promoted to collections manager. Mr. Ferris retired in 1979 as an assistant vice president at the bank which, by that time, had been re-named Norstar Bank.

His wife of 46 years, the former Marjorie Radel, died in 1998.

He is survived by two daughters, Gale O'Hara and Lynne; and three sons, Jay, James and Glen; and a sister, Jean Jordan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4737 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg.