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Thomas G. DeCarlo, owner of auto collision shop

June 9, 1933 – March 22, 2015

Thomas George DeCarlo of East Amherst, owner and operator of a Buffalo auto collision shop for more than 60 years, died unexpectedly Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of the automotive mechanic program at Burgard Vocational High School.

He opened his shop, DeCarlo Collision, on Niagara Street in 1953 and continued to operate it until his death.

A classic car collector, he also enjoyed gardening and boating. He was a former member of the Buffalo Launch Club and the LaSalle Yacht Club.

A former Grand Island resident, he was a Mason and a Shriner and member of the Grand Island Lions Club.

His first wife, the former Sally Ann Milks, died in 1997. He was married to the former Marlene Yallof.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Marjorie Walker, Diane Bullock, Sally Khreis and Georgia Cole; two stepdaughters, Andrea Griebner and Alison Manaher; a stepson, Howard Zubin; a sister, Charlene Sciandra; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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