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Sebastian Campagna, retired owner of two area bowling alleys Sept. 12, 1924 - Oct. 5, 2008

Sebastian Campagna, retired owner of bowling alleys in the Town of Tonawanda and Amherst, died Sunday in Riverwood Health Care Center, Grand Island. He was 84.

Known as "Sibby," Mr. Campagna was born in Robertsdale, Pa., and moved to this area as a child, graduating from Burgard Vocational High School.

He had worked at two Niagara County companies, Bell Aerospace and Apply Design, before he bought Manor Lanes on Grand Island Boulevard in 1974. The bowling alley hosted Moonlight Bowling Carnivals on Saturday nights, when Mr. Campagna's son-in-law, Jim Russo, would wield a microphone as master of ceremonies.

He also owned Manor Lanes II on Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst from 1986 to 1991.

Mr. Campagna, who was among the first proprietors to install automatic scoring units, retired from his Tonawanda business in 1993.

He was a former president and life member of Bowling Proprietors Association of Western New York. A member of the United States Bowling Congress, he was inducted into the Tonawandas Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Linora "Angie" Millio; two daughters, Linda Russo and Michele Reese; a son, Michael; a sister, Mary; and a brother, Kenneth.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.


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