July 16, 1923 – Feb. 16, 2013

John F. Malone, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired sheet metal alloys salesman, died Saturday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in the city’s Riverside neighborhood and was known as “Jack.” He was a 1938 graduate of Riverside High School, where he played football and was a member of the West Side Rowing Club. He later attended the University of Buffalo, where he also played football. Years later, he played for a semipro football team in Buffalo.

Mr. Malone worked for General Motors before enlisting in the Navy Seabees in 1943 during World War II. He served in the Pacific Islands until his discharge in December 1945. He later became a life member of the Navy Seabees Veterans of America from Island X-8.

In 1950, Mr. Malone began working in the sales department at Whitehead Metals on Elmwood Avenue in the city. The company sent him to study metallurgy in West Virginia. When the company was bought out by Metal Goods, a division of Alcan Aluminum, Mr. Malone was made territory manager. He sold sheet metal alloys to area industries. He worked in the field for nearly 40 years until his retirement in the late 1980s, when he began training other sales representatives in the industry. He was a past president of the Metallurgic Society of Western New York. He was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Malone was predeceased by his first wife of 19 years, the former Ann McHale, who died in 1966, and his second wife of 27 years, the former Margaret J. Avery, who died in 2003.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Daley and Mary K.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.