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Sam T. Burgio of Amherst, a retired City of Buffalo employee and president of Direct Aluminum Sales, died Monday (Oct. 13, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Burgio was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and entered the U.S. Army in 1945. He was stationed in Japan and discharged in 1947.

He was a Buffalo city employee for 32 years, working in the Water Department. In 1960, he became president of Direct Aluminum Sales, which is currently operated by his son, Victor J. of Amherst.

Burgio was a member of the Harness Racing Association and also owned thoroughbred horses that raced at Finger Lakes. He also was a member of the Erie County Republican Committee and Burgio's Bocce Club of Buffalo. He was a retiree of Local 264, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and a volunteer for the Leukemia Society of America.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Lucy A. Pepe; another son, Vincent J. of Amherst; a daughter, Luann of Amherst; five brothers, Joseph of Eden, James V. of the Town of Tonawanda, Michael A. of the City of Tonawanda, Louis and Edward; three sisters, Antoinette Picone of Amherst, Connie Alongi and Josephine Dantonio; and a grandson.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 am. Thursday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 in St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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