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Anthony J. Fredo, 99, crane operator, photographer

Jan. 14, 1914 – April 4, 2013

Anthony J. Fredo, of South Buffalo, a retired steelworker, died Thursday after a short illness in Dallas, where he had lived since January. He was 99.

Born in Fort Erie, Ont., as the oldest of eight children, he came to Buffalo in 1936 and worked for 40 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna. A crane operator, he retired in 1976.

Mr. Fredo also was a professional photographer. He owned and operated Fredo’s Photos and took photos of weddings from the 1960s to the 1980s.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Cazenovia Golf Club in South Buffalo and continued playing until two years ago.

He also worked at his son James’ driving range, Hideaway Golf in Lackawanna, every summer through last year.

Mr. Fredo was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

A South Buffalo resident since 1955, he spent winters in Bradenton, Fla., for more than 30 years.

His wife of 72 years, Irene Helbling Fredo, died in September.

Survivors include two sons, James and George; two daughters, Diane Orsini and Irene Lessard; and a sister, Antoinette Maloney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.

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