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Eberle, Dean James - Hollywood  
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Dean James Eberle passed away peacefully just before noon Wednesday (March 18, 2015) at Memorial Regional Hospital South in Hollywood from complications with his prolonged battle with leukemia. He was born March 26, 1950. What Dean J. "Dino" Eberle lacked in stature, he made up for in personality as a self-assured, opinionated guy. Known by some as the "boss," he was also a hunting companion, a fishing partner and notably a friend to many. Born in the city of Buffalo, N.Y., a single son to Norbert and Ann Eberle, Dino graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, when he was stationed in Taipei, Taiwan. Following his tour of duty, he was honorably discharged in October 1973 with the rank of second lieutenant. Few who knew Dino knew he first came to Ellicottville, N.Y., seeking the life of a farmer. It was an ambition that changed early on in winter 1978 after a struggle with a loose bull in the middle of the night. He said, "I knew then, that this life was crazy and I had to do something else." So he began painting because that was what he knew. A third-generation painter, Dino established his first business in Great Valley and named it Eberle Painting. He later added other businesses, including Eberle Contracting and Eberle Inc., where he worked and ultimately became a fixture in his community for more than 30 years. Spending most of his year working in Western New York as a general contractor, Dino would travel every winter to warmer climates like the Florida Keys. He enjoyed spending his time fishing and relaxing in the warm sun, sharing his company with old friends. He is survived by his two sons, Aaron (Rosa) and Ben; his daughter, Rachel, and her two children, Lena and Levi; and his longtime companion, Bonnie Rae Strickland. His family thanks everyone who took the time to visit Dino and comfort him the past two years. He was his own captain, and he will be missed. In lieu of a memorial service, the Eberle family will host a celebration of life at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the American Legion in Ellicottville.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Mar. 23, 2015
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