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Frank Collura, 99, owned West Side delicatessen

Dec. 25, 1916 – June 25, 2016

Frank Collura, a retired bus mechanic who owned and operated a delicatessen with his wife on Buffalo’s West Side, died Saturday in HighPointe on Michigan after a short illness.

He was 99.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School.

He worked as a mechanic at Curtiss-Wright Corp. during World War II and was a mechanic for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for 30 years.

He retired in 1976.

Mr. Collura and his wife of 48 years, the former Beatrice Piciulo, owned and operated Bea’s Food Shop at West and Potomac avenues for 30 years. They were renowned for their lemon ice and homemade ice cream.

They sold the shop in the late 1970s and moved to Las Vegas in 1980. Mr. Collura returned to Buffalo after the death of his wife in 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Leo; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday in the Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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