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MAGEL, Peter J.

MAGEL - Peter J. Of Clarence, NY, passed away August 11, 2014. Peter was born in Clarence on June 18, 1938 and was the son of the late Carl and Alberta (Pflieger) Magel. Peter lived on Bodine Rd. in Clarence and ran an auto repair facility on Saw Mill Rd. While he did some service work, his main source of income was the prize money he earned racing a 1952 Studebaker and a 1952 Hudson at various racetracks around the country. He was seldom, if ever, beaten at Lancaster, Niagara Falls, Cayuga, Ontario, Muncie and Indianapolis, IN, etc. tracks, with his racing confined to the Eastern U.S. and Canada. He placed as high as second in the "Nationals" at Indianapolis. As he had little money, he engineered and sometimes built his cars in his Clarence garage. Consequently, he was a crowd favorite as the working man's racer. Peter is survived by his brother Carr Magel and his wife Barbara of Auburn, NY, his nieces Tamara Magel of the Hamptons, Jamie Rathbone (Shawn) of Auburn, and nephew Jason Magel (Michelle) of Glendale, AZ, along with their children. He was predeceased by his parents and brother John Magel. As it is a family practice to donate their bodies to medical school science, Peter's body was donated to the University of Buffalo. Because if these circumstances, there are no funeral services. Contributions should be made to a charity of choice and are deeply appreciated. Online condolences can be made to carrmagel@gmail.com who will share them with the family.

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