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Dr. Philip Scozzaro, psychiatrist, Vietnam War veteran

April 26, 1933 – March 11, 2016

Dr. Philip Scozzaro, a local psychiatrist, died March 11 at his home in Buffalo, where he also had a private practice. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College. He earned his medical degree from Padua University in Italy.

From 1963 to 1967, Dr. Scozzaro served as an emergency room physician at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. He received a Bronze Star while serving in the Army from 1967 to 1968, when he was stationed in Vietnam.

Upon his discharge from the military, Dr. Scozzaro became a general physician at Mercy Hospital. In 1974, he opened a private psychiatric practice in his home. He retired in 2012.

Dr. Scozzaro and his wife of six decades, the former Marion DiStefano, traveled around the world and participated in many ministries at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in West Seneca. Many of their travels were also religious pilgrimages.

In his spare time, he took computer classes, piano lessons and joined a walking club and an exercise class.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Anthony, Philip P., Christopher and Matthew; and three sisters, Eva Guvara, Carmela Pattaciato and Mary Ann.

A Mass of Christian burial was held March 16 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.

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