Feb. 11, 1939 – Oct. 17, 2012
James H. Pries, of the Town of Tonawanda, a railroad machinist and supervisor, died Oct. 17 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness. He was 73.
Born in South Buffalo, he graduated from Frontier Central High School.
He started working on the railroad at age 17. Among the railroads he worked for throughout his career were Erie Lackawanna, Buffalo Creek, New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. He retired from CSX in 2001.
He was an active volunteer on all of John LaFalce’s political campaigns for office, starting with the first race more than 40 years ago.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Andrew Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda and served as a collection counter at the church.
He volunteered at a food pantry and as an usher for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Barbara Chopko; two daughters, Susan and Sara Symans; and a son, David.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Andrew’s Church.