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Allentown's 'Bubble Man' has died

Charles "Chuck" Incorvaia blows bubbles from his Allentown window.
Derek Gee
Buffalo News
Charles "Chuck" Incorvaia blows bubbles from his Allentown window.

The announcement could be seen on Facebook:

"We are saddened to share the news of the recent passing of our family member & good friend to all of Allentown: Mr. Charles "Chuck" Incorvaia."

Jim's Steakout posted that Incorvaia had "passed away peacefully last night in his sleep after battling a long illness at the age of 75."

But his whimsical presence will be remembered forever as one of those unique things that make Buffalo Buffalo.

Who doesn't remember the first time they saw soap bubbles in the air around Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue. "Are those bubbles? Where are they coming from?" First with a quizzical look. Then perhaps a giggle. "That's Buffalo for ya."

The bubbles appeared to drift from the sky, but came from Incorvaia, known by most as the "Bubble Man." For decades, he would blow bubbles out of his window above the Allentown location of Jim's Steakout.

"Doesn't matter the time of day. Chuck knew how much brighter he made everyone's day when they would see his bubbles," the announcement said. And they did.

Besides being the "Bubble Man," Jim's said Incorvaia was a U.S. Navy veteran, "interviewed many times over the years by different tv stations, newspapers and even the Library Of Congress, who has the story of Chuck's fun 'hobby' listed in their archives."

Incorvaia is survived by a son, Christopher. A Celebration of Life is being planned for the spring. A fund to benefit the VA Medical Center is also being established in Incorvaia's name.

"Chuck was a good man who just loved to see people smile. He will be greatly missed by the entire WNY community. If you have a bottle of bubbles lying around, we encourage you to blow some today in his memory," the announcement suggested.