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Robert L. Hambridge, Navy veteran, auto salesman

Nov. 26, 1925 – May 27, 2015

Robert L. Hambridge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired auto salesman and manager, died Wednesday in Absolut Care of Aurora Park, East Aurora, after a lengthy illness. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson Vocational High School and served in the Navy during World War II as a radioman in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean.

Returning from service, he began his career in the automobile business and worked for many years in sales and management with Joe Basil Chevrolet. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Hambridge was a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 63 years and served as a eucharistic minister, lector, altar sacristan and volunteer for Catholic Charities and Mission Renewal.

He also was a parent volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 104 at the church.

A member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years, he was a fourth-degree Knight at Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752.

He received the St. Joseph the Worker Award for his service to the church in 1995.

In 2011, he was one of the World War II veterans selected to travel to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Margaret M. Senftle; four sons, Robert W., James E., David J. and Donald J.; a daughter, Mary Rose Abbott; a brother, Jack E.; 11 grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.