March 23, 1929 – March 7, 2017
Thomas Todaro, of Cheektowaga, a retired printer and professional musician, died last Tuesday in Williamsville View Manor after a long illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1947 graduate of Hutchinson Central High School. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the National Guard band, playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute and clarinet.
Mr. Todaro worked as a printer for Pollack Printing for 34 years, retiring in 1956.
He started playing saxophone at the age of 16 and by 18 was a touring musician in the Midwest. He played with Lawrence Welk and Ray Anthony and appeared in Palm Springs, Calif.
Locally, he played with Lou Powers, Sammy Fanara and the Sophisticates. He played numerous special events at country clubs, hospitals and nursing homes.
He was a member of Local 92, American Federation of Musicians, and Local 27, Buffalo Printing Pressmen. He also was a member of the Players Club and was an avid Bills and Sabres fan.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Marie M. Caruso; a son, Joseph Sr.; three daughters, Jeanette M. Opiela, Antoinette M. and Roseann Schulenberg; a brother, Russell; a sister, Mary Striegel; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.