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James K. Fuller, retired from retail sales

March 1, 1935 - Aug. 28, 2012

James K. Fuller of Buffalo, a retired retail sales worker, died Aug. 28 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on Grand Island and was a graduate of Tonawanda High School.

Mr. Fuller worked for several different retail stores from 1953 until his retirement in 2007, and in a variety of different positions, including as a cashier, sales associate, displaying store merchandise, training new employees and as an assistant manager. His longest term of employment was with Kmart, which was for 13 years. He received numerous awards for customer service at Kmart. He also was employed at Sears and most recently at Home Depot.

He had worked for retail establishments, not only in the Buffalo area, but in Jamestown and Rochester, where he resided from the early 1950s until 1969, and in Wilmington, N.C., where he lived from 1980 to 1986.

After his retirement, Mr. Fuller volunteered as a docent at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, where he portrayed a Navy man and gave tours of the ships, something he called the best part of his retirement.

He was a Civil War buff and avid reader who collected many books. He also played the guitar and composed music.

He is survived by a daughter, Alison Davis; a son, Steven; a sister, Joyce White; a brother, Richard; and two ex-wives, Marian and Shirley.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

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