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Dec. 21, 1941 – Jan. 1, 2013

Carl C. Bellavia, of Cheektowaga, a retired chef and restaurant owner who was active in firefighter organizations, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

After working as a chef in several restaurants during the 1970s, Mr. Bellavia was owner of Abel’s Bagel Restaurant on Franklin Street and Pizza Bagel on Main Street next to the Century Theater.

He later was a chef for Brothers of Mercy and Bassett Manor nursing homes. He retired in 1995.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Bellavia was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and attended Niagara University.

A former Town of Tonawanda and West Seneca resident, he was a life member and exempt member of Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company and a life member of the Erie County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

He was a founding member and treasurer of the Firemen’s Memorial Exhibit Center and manned the center’s fundraising hot dog stand on Seneca Street in West Seneca on Saturdays.

He also was an officer of the Renaissance Italian Men’s Club.

His wife of 41 years, the former Carolyn L. Madrid, died in 2004.

Surviving are a son, Charles J.; two daughters, Christine Korytowski and Charlene Larsen; and two sisters, Patricia Quinn and Carole.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Friday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.