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Oct. 1, 1935 – Aug. 14, 2013

James Nicholas Athans, a retired senior project engineer at Harrison Radiator Corp., died Wednesday in his Williamsville home. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Boys Vocational High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Buffalo

Mr. Athans joined Harrison Radiator as a draftsman in 1960 and retired as a senior project engineer in 1999.

He was a religious education instructor for St. Leo the Great Catholic Church and coached Kensington Little League baseball for many years. He enjoyed golfing and boating.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Patricia Thomas; two sons, Michael and David; two daughters, Barbara, and Susan Gramlich; a brother, Frank; and two sisters, Marion Brown and Marylou.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo the Great Catholic, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.