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Frank M. Brigante, 89, chemical operator, union leader, starter at Sheridan Park Golf Course

Sept. 17, 1928 – July 16, 2018

Frank M. Brigante, a chemical operator and union leader, died July 16 in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 89.

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

He worked as a chemical operator at FMC Corp. from 1955 to 1991 and served several terms as president of Local 76-C of the International Chemical Workers Union.

In retirement, he was a starter at Sheridan Park Golf Course for more than 20 years.

For many years, he enjoyed traveling to Florida during the winter months.

His wife of 41 years, the former Constance “Connie” Chiavetta, cafeteria manager at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, died in 1992. He was remarried in 2005 to the former Dorothy Tully and they spent winters in Fort Myers, Fla.

Survivors also include a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Komm; two sons, Frank Jr. and Michael; a sister, Dolores “Lori” Bogdan; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 21 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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