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Jan. 8, 1926 – June 24, 2014

E. Carl Nieman, lifelong East Aurora resident, farmer and owner of a Buffalo sheet-metal business, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 88.

While working on his parents’ dairy farm as a youth, Mr. Nieman graduated with honors from East Aurora High School in 1944.

In 1950, he went to work for Merz Metal & Machine Corp., Buffalo, and later purchased the business in 1976, becoming owner and president.

The company worked to remove dust from grain elevators on the waterfront, including General Mills, Nabisco and ADM Milling. He sold the business to his son David in 1996.

Mr. Nieman was a member of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association.

Known as “the gentleman farmer,” Mr. Nieman and his wife in the early 1990s became owners and operators of Shepherd Hill Farm, a bed-and-breakfast inn on a working farm at Reiter Road in East Aurora, which they ran for 10 years.

A member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, he also raised and showed beef cattle at the New York State Fair, Erie County Fair and the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto.

A member of Buffalo Launch Club, he was an avid boater and a member of Buffalo Power Squadron.

Mr. Nieman was an active member of Orchard Park Wesleyan Church and Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Christine P. Patterson; two sons, Don and David W.; a daughter, Jo Ann Gilmore; a brother, Fred; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.