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Ross P. Pillitteri, softball hall-of-famer Nov. 2, 1918 -- Jan. 16, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ross P. Pillitteri, a member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame, was offered Jan. 19 in St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Lancaster. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Pillitteri, of Lancaster, died Jan. 16 in ElderWood Health Care at Linwood, Lancaster. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he was one of nine siblings. He was orphaned when he was 14. He lived in foster care while attending East High School and later worked in Civilian Conservation Corps camps.

In the early 1940s, Mr. Pillitteri played semi-professional football in the Courier-Express League.

He was elected to the area softball hall of fame in 1984 for outstanding play at third base when he was a young man.

He worked for Twin Industries for 30 years -- in production and then in management -- before retiring in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Pillitteri was a member of Lancaster Country Club for 47 years and a lifelong New York Yankees fan. He frequently traveled to games in New York City and Cleveland.

Survivors include his wife, the former Veronica Winter; a daughter, Diane Murphy of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, Florence of Meadville, Pa., and Agnes of Buffalo; and three brothers, Joseph of Laverne, Calif., Roger of Peoria, Ariz. and Paul of Buffalo.


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