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William J. Montesano Sr. of Snyder, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and retired industrial fuel oil salesman, died Thursday (Oct. 2, 1997) in Sisters Hospital. He was 83.

The son of Italian immigrants, he was born in Buffalo and graduated from LaSalle High School.

Montesano served with the 10th Armored Division as a technical sergeant and worked on a self-propelled cannon. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne.

"I saw many of our very young soldiers performing courageous acts to help preserve our democracy. Quite a few of my comrades didn't make it home. They, not sports celebrities, are the true heroes," he wrote in a letter to the editor in The Buffalo News in 1995.

Montesano was in fuel oil sales for 50 years, 42 years with Ashland Oil and eight years with Goetz Oil, reaching the position of district sales manager for Western New York.

He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. His favorite pastimes included playing with his grandchildren, gardening, golfing, fishing and bowling.

He was a Little League baseball coach for 14 years and assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 649.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Curcio Montesano; three sons, Dr. William Jr. of Amherst, Robert M. of Rochester and Gary J. of Vestal; three sisters, Margaret Sodaro of Kenmore, Mildred Foresta and Marie Martino; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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