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Francis J. Cass, worked for GM in Tonawanda<br> May 13, 1913 – June 28, 2012

Francis J. Cass, a longtime employee of the General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda, died Thursday in his Clarence Center home. He was 99.

Born in South Bend, Ind., Mr. Cass graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1935. He then moved to Buffalo and was employed by the Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Mr. Cass married June Meyers in 1941. After working at the GM plant in the Town of Tonawanda for 36 years, Mr. Cass moved to Syracuse and became the senior project engineer at Crucible Steel, where he worked for 26 years.

In 1998, Mr. Cass and his wife returned to Buffalo. He was a member of the National Briquette Association and built a briquetting plant in Tonawanda for GM. Mr. Cass also was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Swormville.

In addition to his wife of 71 years, Mr. Cass is survived by three daughters, Mary Jo Fornes, Moira Martin and Rosemary Gemp; and a son, James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. today in St. Mary Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.