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Jan. 15, 1937 – Feb. 3, 2013

Franklin A. Kimmins Jr. of Kenmore, who was a respiratory therapist employed by Kaleida Health, died Sunday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School. In 1963, Mr. Kimmins was hired as a typesetter for the Courier-Express, a position he held until the newspaper closed in 1982.

He then attended Erie Community College to earn his degree in respiratory therapy. In 1986, Mr. Kimmins was hired as a respiratory therapist by Millard Fillmore Hospital and remained employed by Kaleida Health until his death.

He was a member of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was also a paid driver for the department.

In 1978, Mr. Kimmins received recognition for saving a fellow firefighter who was overcome by toxic fumes after the department responded to a call at Lorber Truck Service on Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Susan McClintock; a daughter, Rachel Dispenza; and a son, David.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda.