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July 2, 1923 – March 2, 2013

Vincent Pellegrino, a retired auto collision shop repairman, died Saturday in his Cheektowaga home after a long illness. He was 89.

Born in Lafferty, Ohio, the son of Italian immigrants, he worked in Montana in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a teenager and moved to Buffalo in 1940. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and served in World War II in the Pacific as an amphibious-vehicle mechanic. He took part in the invasion of Okinawa and attained the rank of corporal.

Returning from service, Mr. Pellegrino took auto repair courses at Burgard Vocational High School.

He repaired cars in independent collision shops before joining Mernan Chevrolet on Bailey Avenue, where he worked in the body shop from 1954 until he retired in 1989.

He was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lancaster.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Theresa Catalano; a son, Vincent Jr.; three daughters, Julie DiCerbo, Myla LeBlanc and Vanessa Wazny; and three sisters, Norma Bianchi, Rita Mortellaro and Mary DiNatale.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sauer-Lynett-Amigone Funeral Home, 1922 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga.