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Hyman DeBruin, journeyman electrician worked on major construction projects

April 4, 1927 – Jan. 11, 2016

Hyman “Hy” DeBruin of Amherst, a retired journeyman electrician, died Jan. 11 in ElderWood of Williamsville of complications from a near-drowning last April in Florida.

He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of McKinley High School and served in the Navy as a seaman first class with the Seabees in the Pacific during World War II.

He attended a school for television technicians in Chicago.

Mr. DeBruin worked as a lineman in the Chevrolet plant on East Delavan Avenue from 1948 to 1951, when he joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

A journeyman electrician, he worked on the construction of the Niagara Power Project, Boulevard Mall and the New York World’s Fair. He retired in 1989.

A former Town of Tonawanda resident, he was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the Forum Club and Congregation Shir Shalom.

Active in the American Field Service in his younger years, he considered one of his AFS exchange students, Maria Teresa Zuniga Romero from Chile, as his daughter, and her two children as his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Roberta “Bobbie” Wolff; and four daughters, Stacey, Terryl “Terry,” Debbie Ashton and Loren Pasler.

Services were held Jan. 13 in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.

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