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Nicholas J. Mitri, Army veteran of World War II and retired business owner

Aug. 1, 1926 – June 17, 2015

Nicholas J. Mitri of Amherst, an Army veteran of World War II and retired business owner, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, just 18 days after the death of his wife. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mitri was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.

He was a cryptographer during the war, attaining the rank of sergeant while serving in Okinawa, Japan. He turned down an officer’s commission to return home and marry the former Betty A. DiGesare.

After the war, Mr. Mitri and a partner began setting up a cable television company in Pennsylvania with plans to bring it to Akron. After those plans fell through, he owned three television/electronic businesses: TV Shoppe and Better TV, both in Amherst, and Mohawk Tele-Service on Grant Street. He also was service manager for Admiral Corp. in Buffalo from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

Mr. Mitri used his technical expertise to help Friends of Night People, fixing their televisions for free.

Since 1976, he and his wife had hosted a St. Joseph’s Table, an Italian tradition honoring the patron saint of workers and protector of families with a feast of symbolic foods.

He and his wife were married almost 69 years before she died on May 30. “He didn’t want to live without her,” their daughter, Francine Hausrath, said of her father’s sudden death.

Additional survivors include two sons, Frank and Nicholas F.; another daughter, Deborah Hooker; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.