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Samuel L. Mistretta, World War II veteran and business owner

May 12, 1924 - June 1, 2013

Samuel L. Mistretta, of East Amherst, a Navy veteran of World War II and owner of Kinequip Inc., died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mistretta was a graduate of Lafayette High School and the University of Buffalo, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering.

He was drafted into the military during World War II and served in the Navy. He initially was stationed in Hawaii, then later in the Philippines.

Mr. Mistretta was the owner of Kinequip Inc., which was founded in 1946. The company distributes industrial automation products, and repairs vacuum pumps and compressors.

He played golf, tennis and racquetball, and was a member of Brookfield Country Club and the Amherst YMCA. He also was a member of the Williamsville Lions Club.

His wife, Gloria Ciminelli Mistretta, died in February 2012. Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Robinson and Lori, a son, John; and a brother, Andrew L.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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