July 12, 1950 – May 3, 2013

James J. Pellegrino, of the Town of Tonawanda, a business owner, died Friday in the Cleveland Clinic after a short illness. He was 62.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore West High School.

As a member of the National Guard, he was activated to assist in the Southern Tier after Hurricane Agnes.

Mr. Pellegrino began working in service and repair of heating and air-conditioning systems at Automatic Firing Inc. in 1971 and became owner of the company, which serviced many schools, in 1983. In 2004, he sold the company to J.W. Danforth Co. and continued as parts sales manager.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, poker and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Janet J. Braunscheidel; a son, James Jr.; three daughters, Ann Marie, Carrie and Bonnie; a brother, Rick; and a sister, Peg Maxick.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.