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Oct. 14, 1921 - Sept. 20, 2012



Joseph G. Debo Sr., a World War II veteran, active churchman and retired industrial engineer, died Thursday in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda. He was 90.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., Mr. Debo served in the Army Air Forces from 1941-46 as a radar operator and attained the rank of sergeant. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1950 from the University of Buffalo.

The Tonawanda resident was an industrial engineer at Carborundum, then Harrison Radiator (Delphi) in Lockport, from where he retired.

An avid woodworker and inventor, Mr. Debo was one of the original members of St. Amelia Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister, an usher and active in hospital visitation and distribution of food to the needy. He and his wife, Margaret, initiated the RCIA program at St Amelia.

Mr. Debo was a previous member St Vincent de Paul Society and a longtime volunteer for Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels. He served as committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 202 and president of the International Materials Management Society. He also served on the board of directors for the Guild for the Blind for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret C. Tronolone; two daughters, Catherine M. Austin and Susanne J. Shapiro; three sons, Joseph G. Jr., Dr. Richard F. and Dr. Daniel R.; and a sister, Mary Ann Slazak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Amelia Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 8:15 in Tonawanda Chapel of the Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive.