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Bernard Hubert Jr., auto repair shop co-founder Oct. 3, 1925 -- Feb. 19, 2012

Bernard W. Hubert Jr., who co-founded an auto service business in Cheektowaga, died Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 86.

Known as Bernie, Mr. Hubert was born in Buffalo, where he graduated from high school. He served with the Navy during World War II, stationed aboard landing craft off Australia.

He and his father, Bernard W. Sr. -- who was known as Ben, founded Hubert's Service Inc. Auto Repair in November 1944. The business, located on Harlem Road, now is under the third generation of ownership by Bernard W. III, who's known as Benjie.

Mr. Hubert was an active parishioner at Infant of Prague Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a member of its Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of St. John, Lazarus League and Parish Council, as well as the finance committee, golf league and building committee.

In 1992, Mr. Hubert was honored by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo with the St. Joseph the Worker Award. In 2006, he received the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Vincentian Service Award.

Mr. Hubert also was active in the Cleveland Hill Fire Department, where he served as master mechanic for several years, and with the exempt firefighters organization.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Grace F. Beresnie-

wicz; three daughters, Bernadine Coughlin, Mary Grace Williamson and Camille; and two sisters, Alice Kantor and Eleanor Krempholtz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.