Jan. 9, 1937 – Dec. 10. 2012

Gordon J. Virag, a former member of the New York Army National Guard who operated two Mobil stations, died Dec. 10 in Las Vegas following a brief illness.

He was 75.

Born in Welland, Ont., Mr. Virag served in the 127th Armored Division from 1959 to 1969.

He also served on the Alden police force from 1965 to 1969, when he went into business for himself, operating service stations for 20 years. His first Mobil sales and service station was at Main Street and Sheridan Drive in Clarence, and later he owned one at Dodge and Hopkins roads in Amherst.

After leaving the automotive and gas station business in 1989, he worked for National Car Rental and later Bandag and Omar Tire before he and his wife, Pia, moved to Las Vegas in 2002, where he continued to work in tire sales.

Mr. Virag also worked as a welder at Buffalo Forge from 1959 to 1969.

He was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John and James; two daughters, Karen Nowak and Katharine Wehrmeyer; two brothers, Edward and Larry; and three sisters, Irene Milne, Carolyn Francescangeli and Linda Thompson.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 123 King St., Port Colborne, Ont.