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Jan. 30, 1934 – Dec. 12, 2013

Thomas B. Valentine, who ran the company that operates the Holiday Showcase restaurant and the former Holiday Theaters in Cheektowaga, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 79.

Born in St. Mary’s, Pa., Mr. Valentine graduated from Penn State University. Mr. Valentine had been president of Aero Drive-in Inc., a corporation that includes the Holiday Showcase on Union Road, since 1978.

With about 45 employees, Aero Drive-in Inc. specializes in property management, private equity capital and retail development.

Mr. Valentine’s family opened the area’s first modern drive-in on Union Road in 1950 and then the area’s first “multiplex” at the same site in 1970.

The Holiday Theaters closed in 1995.

Mr. Valentine was an avid hunter and golfer, a pilot, competitive pistol shooter; a member of the Orchard Park Board of Review and Society of Real Estate Appraisers and piloted his own airplane.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Donna L. Malone; two daughters, Jennifer and Melissa; a son, Stephen; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.