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John A. Julicher, Sr.
John A. Julicher, Sr.

June 1, 1949 - August 9, 2018
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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JULICHER - JOHN A., SR.
August 9, 2018, age 69; beloved husband of Carol (nee Ziemann) Julicher; devoted father of John (Amy) Jr., Bradley (Lauren) Julicher and Cassie (Francis) Riordan; loving grandfather of Morgan, Olivia, Jack, Cole, Vivian, Colby, Brooke, Sadie and Trenton; dear brother of Joseph (Barb), William (Linda) Julicher, Lisa (Michael) Tombolesi and the late Michael Julicher; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will be present Sunday from 3-7 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd). Family and friends are invited Monday at 10:30 AM to attend a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville, NY 14221. Please assemble at church. Interment to be held privately. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com
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Buffalo News Obituary Version
June 1, 1949 - Aug. 9, 2018

John A. Julicher Sr., of Williamsville, one of the winningest drivers in Lancaster Speedway and Dragway history, died Thursday under hospice care in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Before he retired from racing in 2007, Mr. Julicher captured nine Late Model championships at Lancaster, the most of any driver in that division, and another at Spencer Speedway near Rochester. In addition, he was a three-time U.S. Open champion.

He also raced and won at tracks in Holland, Perry, Fulton, Cayuga and Oswego and competed in the Late Model, Modified and Hooters Pro Cup series at tracks throughout the eastern U.S. He was inducted into the Friends of Auto Racing Fan Club (FOAR Score) Hall of Fame, a prestigious auto racing group.

“He always loved cars and he loved to go fast, so that’s what he did,” his son, John A. Jr., said.

Four tracks in the area paid tribute to him over the weekend with a moment of silence.

Born in Buffalo, he opened his first car business, Julicher’s Auto Sales on Bailey Avenue, while he was a student at Sweet Home High School.

He went on to own and operate Julicher’s Auto Service, a gas station and repair shop in various locations in Cheektowaga from the 1970s to the 1990s. Since then, he operated Stadium Collision in Orchard Park.

He began racing Street Stocks at Lancaster in 1975 and competed in Modifieds from 1980 to 1982.

“When I was in the Modifieds, I was involved with Old Man Engineering and Ken Bainbridge Sr.,” he told Buffalo News motor sports writer Larry Ott in July 2017 when he came out of retirement for one last race at Lancaster.

“He and I owned the car together and it got too expensive. I think it was one fall that we got all done racing and I said to Kenny, ‘Hey, do you want to spend half of your $15,000 to buy a motor for next year?’ He said nope. I said me neither. Let’s do something different.”

Mr. Julicher went on to drive Late Models for noted car owner Ray Blocher.

“I ran at Holland a couple years and then we started going to Spencer and Lancaster,” he told Ott. “That’s when I partnered with Art Hill, who was looking for a driver who wouldn’t wreck his equipment. Our engine builder suggested me and that’s how I got the ride with Art, and I stayed with Art for 20 years. Art was at the race on July 15 and digging in his pocket for tire money for me. I told him this is just like the old days.”

He died on the 49th anniversary of his wedding to the former Carol Ziemann.

Mr. Julicher involved his entire family in auto racing. His wife attended almost all of his races until she became a grandmother. He encouraged his son, John Jr., a winning go-kart racer in his teens and his successor as a winning driver at Lancaster. His other son, Brad, became an engineer and an accomplished race car builder. For many years, both sons were members of his pit crew.

In addition to his wife and sons, survivors include a daughter, Cassie Riordan; two brothers, Joseph and William; a sister, Lisa Tombolesi; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Sunday, August 12, 2018
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St. Gregory the Great Church
200 St. Gregory Court
Williamsville, NY 14221
Monday, August 13, 2018
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