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Vincent J. Cottone, owner of Malone’s in Kenmore

March 31, 1951 – May 19, 2013

A private memorial service is expected to be arranged for Vincent James “Jim” Cottone, 62, the owner of Malone’s Irish Bar and Grill in Kenmore.

Mr. Cottone died in his home as the result of a May 19 homicide.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cottone was raised in Key West and Daytona Beach, Fla., before he returned to Buffalo to graduate from Grover Cleveland High School.

He worked for many years as a district manager for the Ormond clothing chain in Buffalo Niagara and Pennsylvania before being transferred to Atlanta, where he managed the company’s southern district.

Mr. Cottone moved to Cape Cod in the mid-1990s, and he established and ran a small hotel, the Pilgrim Colony Inn in North Truro, Mass. He eventually sold the hotel and pursued a career of purchasing and renovating homes at the tip of the cape in Provincetown before returning to Buffalo about a decade ago.

Here, he bought, fixed up and resold homes in the Allentown and North Buffalo neighborhoods before relocating to Kenmore in 2010. He became owner of Malone’s in 2012.

Besides his passion for restoring homes, Mr. Cottone enjoyed his animals. Family members said he was “always the owner of at least two dogs at any given time.” He was also fond of original artwork by artists from both Provincetown and Buffalo.

Mr. Cottone is survived by his father, Vincent James; a brother, Michael; and a sister, Nancy.

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