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Oct. 25, 1934 – Nov. 1, 2012

James R. Carr, the former fire chief of the Boston Volunteer Fire Company, died Oct. 25 in his North Boston home. He was 78.

Born in Niobe in Chautauqua County, he attended Randolph Junior/Senior High School in Randolph.

Mr. Carr was employed as a laborer with local construction firms from 1956 until his retirement in 1996, after nearly 20 years employment with Stimm Associates of Cheektowaga. Over the years, Mr. Carr worked on major road construction projects involving the state Thruway, the Niagara Power Project and the Youngmann Highway.

He was a life member of the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company and served as its fire chief from 1978 to 1980. He was named the Town of Boston Citizen of the Year in 2004.

He was a 52-year member of Silver Masonic Lodge 757 in Silver Creek and earned his 33rd degree Mason title in 1961.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Joyce A. Spengler; two sons, Rodney J. and Ronald; a daughter, Robin Mead; a brother, Sam; and five sisters, Phllis Wienke, Kay M. Crossley, Bonnie L. Demeter, Ellen M. and Doris E.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Faith United Church of Christ, Boston.