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Anthony J. Ferrentino, retired business owner

Feb. 9, 1935 – Aug. 30, 2015

Anthony J. Ferrentino of Grand Island, a retired businessman and real estate owner, died Aug. 30 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Ferrentino graduated from Burgard High School and began working at American Airlines in baggage at 16, then worked his way up to management. While at American he started AJF Transportation, a trucking business, and AJF Leasing Inc. Mr. Ferrentino also purchased 110 apartments as well as commercial properties throughout Western New York.

He left the airline in 1970, after 19 years, to devote more time to his businesses. His trucking company grew to have operations and offices in several states, including Ohio, Florida and California. For 30 years, AJF Transportation did deliveries for J.C. Penney stores all over the country.

Mr. Ferrentino, who also served in the Coast Guard Reserve, was a lifelong boater, spending summers at the Allegheny Reservoir of Kinzua Dam and the Thousand Islands. He piloted his motor yacht along The Intracoastal Waterway, south to Florida.

An avid bowler, Mr. Ferrentino bowled several times a week and had several 300 games to his credit. He owned a 1949 Mercury convertible that he showed at car shows, and had the opportunity to drive it around the Indianapolis 500 Speedway track.

Mr. Ferrentino also enjoyed traveling and wintered in Melbourne, Fla.

Survivors include his wife, the former Judith Collins; two daughters, Deborah and Darlene; two sons, Michael and Anthony; a brother, Alfonso; a sister, Bridget; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held last Thursday.

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