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Charles I. Minneci, founded safety equipment firm

July 2, 1922 – August 6, 2014

Charles Minneci of Clarence, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and owner and vice president of an industrial safety equipment distributor, died Wednesday in Buffalo Genetral Hospice after a short illness. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Minneci was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School.

During the war, he served as a gunner, radio operator and instructor on B-17 and B-29 aircraft.

Mr. Minneci studied accounting at Bryant & Stratton College. In 1960, he founded Protective Equipment Supply with his brother James. The company, in the Buffalo-Kenmore area, sold hard hats and protective gear. It is no longer in business.

Mr. Minneci was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, Buffalo Athletic Club and Clarence Senior Center, and, until recently, served as treasurer of the Grover Cleveland High School Class of 1941.

“He always made you feel like you were the most important person when he was talking to you,” said Charlene Tornabene, his daughter. “He always made people feel special.”

After retiring in 1988, Mr. Minneci spent time in Florida with his wife, Lucy, who died in 2001. They were married 55 years.

Survivors include his brother, James; two other daughters, Janice Moore and Joanne Bartolomei; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.

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