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Paul D. Pennell, computer software analyst

Nov. 29, 1947 – July 23, 2016

Paul David Pennell, a computer software analyst, died Saturday in his Clarence home. He was 68.

Born in Salamanca, he worked on the railroad, drove a taxicab and made furniture in Salamanca after graduating from high school until his mother saw an ad for a computer school on a matchbook cover and sent him off to Buffalo to attend classes.

Mr. Pennell went on to work in software analysis and development at many information technology departments, including Sisters Hospital, Transcontinent Record Sales, Computer Task Group, Presbyterian Homes, HSBC Bank and, most recently, ESM Group in Amherst.

He enjoyed motorcycles and convertibles and played in the Thursday night golf league at Chestnut Hill Country Club. He also attended all of his son Paul’s sports and music-related events, including head-banging rock band gigs.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, the former Valerie Parker; his mother, Marian L.; a sister, Linda Taylor; two brothers, Roger and Larry; and three stepsisters, Anita French, Pam Hemenway and Linda Hemenway.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.

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