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Feb. 27, 1932 – Jan. 1, 2013

Frank Pezzimenti Jr., the namesake of a pair of portable classrooms operated by the Valley Community Center, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a six-week illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he was longtime resident of the city’s Valley neighborhood and very active in the community. He was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.

He worked as a shipping clerk at the Tops Market warehouse from 1968 until his retirement in 1995.

Mr. Pezzimenti was a member of the board of the Valley Community Association for 34 years.

He was a recipient of the Valley Community Association Volunteer of the Year Award in 1986 and a Buffalo Bills Community Service Award in 1996.

In 2008, the Frank Pezzimenti Academic Center was named in honor of Mr. Pezzimenti’s service as a longtime member of the Valley Community Association board of directors.

The center was developed two years earlier from a pair of portable classrooms that had been moved from the defunct School 57 building to the Valley Community Center, near South Park Avenue and Elk Street.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Delores Pendziwiatr; two daughters, Dianne Cellini and Christine Smyntek; four sons, Anthony, Frank, Dominic and Nicholas; four sisters, Angeline Angrisano, Mary D’Amico, Helena Guerrasio and Peggy Boyd; and a brother, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Clare Catholic Church, 193 Elk St.