Obituary of Carl Prieur
PRIEUR - Carl J.
March 22, 2018, loving husband of the late Annette T. Prieur; dearest father
of Deborah (Joseph) Terranova and the late Dennis Prieur; grandfather of
Renee (Jake) Meyer, Crystal Prieur and Michael Terranova; great-grandfather
of Roman, Elijah, Jackson and Shaylee Meyer; brother of Arthur Prieur, Naomi
Morley and Claire (Donald) Dale. The family will be present at the JOHN E.
ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME (Amherst Chapel), 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy.
(at Bailey), Amherst on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 PM. A Catholic
Scripture Service and Blessing will be held on Thursday at St. Timothy
Church, 565 East Park Dr., Tonawanda at 10:45 AM (please assemble at
church). Share your condolences with the family at www.jerfh.com
July 21, 1937 – March 22, 2018
Carl J. Prieur, a plant manager and master furniture finisher who traveled the world to restore Kittinger Furniture pieces, died Thursday at Hospice Buffalo after a long illness. He was 80. Mr. Prieur was born in Buffalo and graduated from Emerson High School. He was a longtime resident of the Town of Tonawanda. He began his career in 1955 at Kittinger Furniture on Elmwood Avenue as a wood finishing apprentice and by 1970 he was foreman of the Finishing Department. He became a master finisher and plant manager in 1985 and worked for the Kittinger company until it closed in 1995. During his career,Mr. Prieur traveled across the United States to refinish and restore Kittinger pieces. He was asked to supervise the repair and replacement of Kittinger pieces in the White House during the George H.W. Bush administration in 1989. He also traveled to Japan in 1990 as a Kittinger representative to teach students the fine art of furniture finishing and design. After Kittinger closed, he became a master finisher for the Elmwood Company, which specialized in refinishing and restoring original Kittinger pieces. Up until his death he was supervising the restoration of a number of valuable original pieces owed by companies and private collectors from around the world. Mr. Prieur is predeceased by his wife, Annette, and son, Dennis. He is survived by two sisters, Naomi Morley and Claire Dale, and his brother, Arthur, as well as three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Catholic Scripture Service will be held at 10:45 A.M. Thursday in St. Timothy's Church, 565 Park Drive, Tonawanda.