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Robert E. Briante, 83, White Plains Resident

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Robert "Bob" E. Briante, a lifelong White Plains resident, died April 13. He was 83.

He was born Oct. 30, 1932, to Joseph and Lauretta Briante.

He graduated from White Plains High School in 1950 and attended Wesley Junior College and Washington College. Briante joined the U.S. Army and served with the NIKE missile battalion in Sandy Hook, N.J.

In 1959, he married Mary Papasergio at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in White Plains. He continued to be a parishioner of the church where he served as an usher.

Briante was coffee trader since 1957 and for the past 30 years has worked for Paragon Trading Co. in White Plains. He was an official arbitrator for the Green Coffee Association and a licensed coffee grader. His extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry was chronicled in the GCA film "Good Coffee Men."

Briante is survived by his wife, Mary; his children; Robert P. Briante of White Plains, Lynn (Sunho) Lee of South Salem and Steven J. Briante of White Plains and his grandchildren; Brandon, Ryan and Matthew.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the White Plains Beautification Foundation.

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