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March 12, 1913 – Feb. 13, 2013

James R. Continelli, a retired compositor for the Buffalo Courier-Express, died Wednesday at St. Francis of Williamsville Nursing Home.

Mr. Continelli was 99 and just 27 days short of his 100th birthday.

Born in New York City, Mr. Continelli attended Elm Vocational High School in Buffalo, where he earned a diploma as a printer apprentice. He was in the Merchant Marines during World War II, serving on a troop and supply carrier crossing the Atlantic Ocean. He also saw combat action while on the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr. Continelli was a compositor in the composing room of the Courier Express for 42 years, retiring in 1965.

He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Louis Catholic Church and was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1995, he was awarded the St. Joseph the Worker Medal from the Buffalo Catholic Diocese for his service to the Catholic community in Western New York.

Mr. Continelli also was an active member of the International Typographical Union for more than 75 years and received a lifetime service award. In addition, he was a supporter of the Rainbow Day Care Center of Buffalo and Cradle Beach.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Nevin and Lucille Whalen; a son, Louis; and a sister, Mildred Campbell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Monday in St. Louis Catholic Church, 780 Main St.