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April 13, 1936 – Feb. 3, 2014

Joseph A. Manarina, a longtime Oldsmobile dealer in the City of Tonawanda, died Monday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. He was 77.

Mr. Manarina was president and owner of Manarina Oldsmobile from 1952 until 1979, when he sold the dealership to the Basil family. His father had founded the business in 1945.

Mr. Manarina then founded his own used car dealership, which he operated for five years until retiring in 1984.

He was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School and General Motors Institute. He was a past president of the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association and won several awards from that group.

Mr. Manarina also was a past president of the Exchange Club in Tonawanda and belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Eldridge Club and Brookfield Country Club.

He was an enthusiastic jazz drummer with pickup bands, according to his son Joseph G. His favorite jazz artists were Stan Kenton and Stan Getz.

Survivors include his girlfriend, Dolores Sweet; a daughter, Cindy; two sons, Joseph G. and Richard A.; a sister, Mary Ellen Ashby; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. July 12 in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.