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Salvatore D’Auria, former Optimist Club president

July 8, 1923 – Dec. 23, 2013

Salvatore Louis D’Auria, former president of the Optimist Club of Buffalo and a veteran of World War II, died Dec. 23 in Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. D’Auria was born in Buffalo and most recently lived in Williamsville. After serving with the U.S. Army’s 71st Evac Hospital during World War II, he returned home and sold sporting goods and real estate. He also worked with movie theaters.

In 1972, he earned his master’s degree in education from Niagara University and became a teacher and mentor.

He was a member of the Romulus Club and was president of the Optimist Club in 1989-91. He was proud of having shot a hole-in-one at Grover Cleveland Golf Course on July 11, 1989.

His wife, Laura, is deceased.

He is survived by two daughters, Irene, and Dian Tucker; two sons, John, and Rick Magro; three sisters, Virginia Smaldino, Josephine Dwyer and Carm Smith; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.

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