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Joseph N. Calvaneso, a retired Buffalo Parks Department foreman, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He would have been 74 Wednesday.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and was a city employee for more than 30 years, first with the Sanitation Department, then with the Parks Department. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was foreman at Grover Cleveland Park.

An avid golfer, he scored four holes-in-one during his playing career and was victorious in the Beat the Pro competition. In his later years, he was active in the Knights of Columbus Golf League.

He was a co-founder of Delaware-Lincoln Little League Baseball in North Buffalo and was instrumental in building it into one of the largest Little League programs in the area.

He also was active in the North Buffalo Community Center and Cub Scouts. He was a member of the Democratic City Committee.

He was always ready to lend a hand or fix machinery for friends and neighbors. The owner of a Jeep with a snowplow, he would clear driveways in his neighborhood free of charge after storms.

He and his wife, the former Irene Merman, celebrated their 50th anniversary in September.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Ronald of Detroit, Gary of Boston, Mass., and Robert of West Seneca; a daughter, Linda Foster of Williamsville; two brothers, Frank of Clarence and Jerry of Angola; two sisters, Ester Allesandra of Key Largo, Fla., and Antonette DeLauro of the Town of Tonawanda; 13 grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Dengler Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.[dndrsn]

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