July 7, 1929 – Aug. 22, 2018
Charles James Price Jr., of Clarence Center, a retired business owner and Korean War veteran, died unexpectedly Aug. 22 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 89.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Canisius High School and Bennett High School before enlisting in the Air Force. He served in the Korean War as a medical technician, working on airborne evacuations, attaining the rank of airman first class.
Returning from service, he attended the University at Buffalo and became a car inspector for the Pennsylvania Railroad. From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, he owned and operated Green Acres Dry Cleaners on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. In 1982, he became a manager for Budget Car Rental at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, retiring in 1999.
A Grand Island resident until 1970, when he moved to Williamsville, he had lived in Clarence Center for the past 10 years.
Active in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, he was a Bingo caller and a chairman in the Catholic Charities campaign. He also was a member of Charles N. DeGlopper Post 9249, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Grand Island.
An avid golfer, he shot two holes-in-one and received the Golfer of the Year Award from the St. Gregory’s Men’s Golf League. He played a nine-hole round of golf on the day before his death.
He also enjoyed traveling, working out at the gym and playing bridge.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Angeline Viafora, a registered nurse; two daughters, Debra Page and Lynn Elibol; three sons, Paul, Frank and Charles D.; two brothers, Frederick and Robert; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.