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Jan. 5, 1940 – July 11, 2013

STRYKERSVILLE – James F. Casterline, a career computer systems programmer, died Thursday in his Strykersville home after a long illness. He was 73.

Born in Tunkhannock, Pa., Mr. Casterline moved to the Buffalo area and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from the University at Buffalo in 1974.

Mr. Casterline worked for several Buffalo-area companies, including Health Research Inc., Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Niagara Frontier Services, Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Moog Inc. He retired in 2006 from American Sales USA (Tops Supermarkets).

In 1971, Mr. Casterline received a kidney donated by his father, the late James W. Casterline. On the surgical team for the procedure at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass., was organ transplant pioneer and Nobel laureate Dr. Joseph E. Murray.

Mr. Casterline, who admired the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, had almost completed the coursework for a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UB.

He also was an avid canoeist, bicyclist, hiker and birdwatcher.

There will be no services.