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By Joshua Smith
Mar 8, 2011, 2:00pm

Oakfield - Mr. John J. Needham, age 75, of Oakfield, retired master mechanic for the former Country Motors in Oakfield for 47 years, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle.

Mr. Needham was born February 29, 1936 in Alabama, a son of the late Alfred and Lucy Watson Needham.

A member of the NRA and AARP, Mr. Needham was an avid hunter. A fan of Indy Car Racing, especially Danica Patrick, he helped build his children go-karts as they grew up and will be remembered by his family as a skilled mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Weatherbee Needham whom he married November 29, 1958; his children, Holly Needham of Oakfield, Steve Needham and Mitch Needham, both of Batavia and Wade Needham of East Pembroke; three granddaughters, Carrie (Justin) Ohlson of Oakfield, Christina Needham of Batavia and Madison Needham of East Pembroke; his brother, Barry Needham of Tonawanda and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 214 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery, Alabama. Condolences may be made at

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