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Joseph V. Sciascia, retired police lieutenant, dead at 95

April 24, 1921 - March 2, 2017

Joseph V. Sciascia, a retired Buffalo police lieutenant and Navy veteran, died March 2 in Palmetto Bay, Fla. He was 95.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sciascia graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Rochester. He was a Navy veteran who fought in the Allied Invasion of Sicily, and received three campaign medals. He also was wounded in combat.

He joined the Buffalo Police Department after World War II, and walked the beat on the city's West Side before becoming a lieutenant. He retired from Precinct 11 on Broadway in 1986.

Mr. Sciascia, who lived in the Riverside-Tonawanda areas, worked in the construction industry in addition to the police force and was also a partner in a local bowling alley, Manor Lanes.

In retirement, he joined the Belmont YMCA and swam every day. He and his wife of 69 years, the former Rita Smith, moved several years ago to Palmetto Bay to be near his son Joseph.

He enjoyed swimming and going for walks.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Palmetto Bay with a military burial at the U.S. Veterans' South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Margaret Baumgart and Gloria; two sons, Joseph and Thomas.


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