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Thomas J. Giambra, longtime Kenmore business owner

Feb. 17, 1945 – April 25, 2015

Thomas J. Giambra, a longtime Kenmore business owner, died Saturday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a 19-year battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Giambra graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School in 1963 and Doyle Beauty School in 1964.

Mr. Giambra began working in 1960 at Austin’s Hair Salon, which was started by his brother, Austin. When his brother went on to other ventures, Mr. Giambra became the sole proprietor.

He married the former Penelope Tutwiler in 1975, and they were married for 40 years.

Mr. Giambra owned and operated many businesses during his career, most notably Austin’s and FX Graphix, both on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore.

FX Graphix was a partnership with his son Jay, who managed the screen printing, embroidering and graphic design company.

A member of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Giambra was heavily involved in efforts to beautify the village’s main business district along Delaware.

A resident of Grand Island, Mr. Giambra was also involved in other business ventures, including House of Carlton, Fernwood Associates, Isle Landings home development and development of the Waterford Park project on Grand Island.

Mr. Giambra was a member of the Buffalo Launch Club since 1996 and served on its entertainment committees. He enjoyed traveling and landscape artistry.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by three other sons, John, James and Dean; and a daughter, Lisa Czajka.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

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