James P. Rich Sr., 96, Independent Insurance Agent, WWII Veteran | Featured obituaries

He was president of the Romulus Club in 1975, 1985 and 2005, and past president of the Greater Buffalo Ad Club. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Amherst city council in 1969 and 1971.

He was a board member of the Federation of Italian-American Societies of West New York for many years and a delegate to the National Federation of Italian-American Societies for over 50 years. After serving as chair of the Federation’s God, Family and Country Award committee for 12 years, he and his wife received one of the awards in 2010.

A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was also a member of the George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion. He was among those honored at the Veterans Memorial Ceremony last August in Amherst State Park.

He was a long-time parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tonawanda City and served as Chief Usher for 38 years.

He also loved bowling, card clubs and was a huge fan of the Bills, Sabers and Yankees.

He and his wife, a dance teacher in centers for the elderly, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 2007 by making their first trip to Italy, where they visited their parents’ hometown and met relatives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Frank; three daughters, Cheryl Miller, Debra Hamsher and Faye Kuntar; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His eldest son, James Jr., died in 2018.

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