Feb. 26, 1939 – March 4, 2017
Peter Xavier Bellanti, of Willliamsville, a tax accountant and nationally recognized tax adviser, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Canisius College in 1960.
Mr. Bellanti was a certified public accountant and had served as a senior tax adviser at Fiddler and Co., Dopkins and Co. and Peat Marwick Touche Ross. Since 2006, he had been a senior tax manager for Amato, Fox and Co., Certified Public Accountants, in the City of Tonawanda.
He was a past president of the Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and in 1987 was named one of America’s best tax advisers by Money magazine.
He was a member of Estate Analysts and was a yearly speaker on federal tax law changes at the annual Tax Institute sponsored by the University at Buffalo. He also volunteered to help taxpayers on The Buffalo News annual tax helpline call-in night.
He frequently presented analysis of the latest tax trends and tax laws to civic and professional groups.
He was named a 40-year honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2004.
He was a parishioner at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.
He was an avid chess player, online and by mail.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Christine Ulicki; a son, Joseph; two daughters, Kristin and Michelle; a sister, Ann Heraty; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.