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Jan. 19, 1930 – Aug. 6, 2013

James V. Damato, who in the 1960s and 1970s was the owner of one of the first cable TV businesses in Western New York, died Aug. 6 at his home in Wellsville. He was 83.

Born in Turtle Creek, Pa., 12 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, he moved with his family to Buffalo as a child. He attended Buffalo Public Schools until the ninth grade.

Mr. Damato operated his own TV antenna and tower business before venturing into the burgeoning cable TV business. He started Comax Telcom, which, according to his family, was the first cable TV business to operate in Buffalo’s suburbs. He retired in 1975.

Mr. Damato enjoyed flying his Cessna airplane and hunting.

He is survived by a daughter, Darlene Lake; two sons, James V. Jr. and Daniel L.; and a brother, Ronald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.