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Vincent A. Matteliano, businessman, WWII veteran

March 4, 1920 – May 13, 2015

Vincent A. “Jim” Matteliano was a native of Sicily who served with the U.S. Army in World War II, helped run a family grocery on Buffalo’s West Side and started his own business to help put his children through college. He died Wednesday at the Weinberg Campus retirement community in Getzville at age 95.

Mr. Matteliano was born in Racalmuto, Sicily, and came to the United States in 1924 with his mother, Clementina, and two brothers. They joined his father, Andrea, in Buffalo and the family grew to six children, all of whom helped in the family grocery.

Mr. Matteliano was a 1937 graduate of Hutchinson High School and worked as a machinist before entering the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He was wounded in battle during his deployment to the Philippines, but was able to return to duty in time to join his division as one of the first military groups to occupy post-war Japan. He later was awarded a Purple Heart.

Following his service, he worked as a tool and dye maker for several local manufacturers, including AMF, Bell Aerospace and Columbus McKinnon. In June 1950, he married the former Josephine Vullo, and was a devoted husband for more than 62 years, until his wife’s death in January 2013.

In 1975, with their four children in college, Mr. Matteliano started his own business, Vamco Sales, and worked as a manufacturers representative. He retired at age 84.

Mr. Matteliano is survived by two daughters, JoAnn and Jan Malof; two sons, Joseph and James; his sister, Marie Caruana; three brothers, Anthony, Stephen and Charles; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1029 Delaware Ave.

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