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Thomas F. Ulizzi, 95, of Grass Valley, Calif., a former Buffalo taxi company operator, died Sunday (Oct. 26, 1997) in Grass Valley Medical Facility after a brief illness.

Born in Palermo, Sicily, he came to Buffalo with his family at the age of 4 and served in the Army as a stateside medic during World War I.

He worked as a driver for City Service Taxi Co. in the 1930s. In the 1940s, he operated his own company, Century Cab Co.

After retiring from the taxi business in the early 1950s, he became one of the owners of Niagara Drug Co. of Buffalo and served as secretary-treasurer. He retired in the late 1960s.

He also owned real estate, buying farms and old houses in the Springville area and repairing the buildings for resale.

He moved to Grass Valley in 1992. He and Theresa Guarneri were married in 1922. She died in 1995.

Surviving are a brother, Jack of Dallas; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be arranged in Buffalo next year. Inurnment will be in Forest Lawn.

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