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Dec. 29, 1928 – June 15, 2013

Matthew Licata, of Amherst, a retired General Motors employee, died Saturday in Maplewood Healthcare Facility, Cheektowaga. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard High School and was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed stateside in both California and Alaska. After his military service, Mr. Licata earned an associate degree in metallurgy from Erie County Technical Institute

Mr. Licata worked at GM for 35 years and retired as a production supervisor in 1987. In retirement, Mr. Licata became a member of several golf and bowling leagues, and was a member of the Amherst Senior Center. He also was an usher and member of the Holy Name Society at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Amherst. He also belonged to the church’s Young at Heart organization and its Honor Guard.

His wife of 55 years, the former Rose Lombardo, died in 2009.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan M. Sirica; three sons, Ignatius, Anthony and Matthew Jr.; and four sisters, Sara Zwifka, Angie Smietana, Frances Monaghan and Susie Wood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.