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April 5, 2013

Local bowling legend Nin Angelo dies

Known for his competitiveness on the lanes, kindness off.



A construction accident forced Nin out of competitive bowling, including a brief pro career, but he was a lane junkie and could always be found at local houses. The father of pro bowler Brad Angelo, Nin was also instrumental in Brad’s development and successful pro career to date and was present when Brad’s dream of opening his own bowling alley in Lockport became a reality last year.
“On the lanes, Nin was always very competitive and very serious,” Kirsch said.
“After a while, Beat the Champ went from a live show to taped delay and they held these qualifiers at all the local alleys. You’d pay a few bucks and bowl and if you were in the top one or two, they’d schedule you to be on the show.
“Nin was trying to qualify this one time and was bowing next to Mike Fiedler at Allie Brandt’s. Nin, a left hander, was on 13-14, and Fiedler, a right-hander, was on 15-16. Nin gets up on 14 and leaves the seven pin. Fiedler leaves the 10 pin right next to him. Well Fiedler gets up first and hits the 10 pin so hard, it comes bouncing out, bounces over to 14 and knocks Nin’s seven pin down. Nin got mad and said, ‘Now what you’d go and do that for?’” Kirsch said.
“Poor Mike, he just threw the ball. But that’s how competitive Nin was.”
Nin Angelo is a member of the LBA Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Bowling Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame.
“We looked up to Nin and Allie Brandt and Tony Parete — that era of great bowlers,” Kirsch said.
“When you got the opportunity to bowl with them, you were in seventh heaven. Nin was a great guy, a great competitor and a very nice fellow. My condolences to his family.”

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