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James Kanutsu, founder of Jim’s Electric, veteran of WWII

Dec. 6, 1925 – April 15, 2015

James Kanutsu, founder of Jim’s Electric and General Contracting, died Wednesday. He was 89.

Mr. Kanutsu was born in Binghamton and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He moved to Buffalo in the late 1940s and married the former Bessie Voulgaris in 1950.

Mr. Kanutsu began his career as an electrical repairman for Sears Roebuck in 1947 and also worked as an assistant to a master electrician who saw potential in him. With his mentor’s encouragement, he got his electrical license in 1959 and built up a client base.

In 1968, he founded Jim’s Electric and was president of the company until he stepped down in 1995, turning the business over to his son, John. He continued as a consultant for the company.

A resident of Williamsville and a longtime member of the Hellenic Church of the Annunciation, Mr. Kanutsu served on the church board and, blessed with a beautiful tenor voice, also sang in the church choir. He was active in the church senior group and was a member of St. Leo’s Young at Heart.

Mr. Kanutsu is survived by his daughter, Irene Kanutsu; two sons, John and Nicholas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St.

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