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Leonard S. Capizzi, a former assemblyman from Buffalo's West Side, died Dec. 24, 1998, in Martin Memorial Hospital, Stuart, Fla. He was 81.

A Buffalo native, Capizzi lived in Williamsville before moving to Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12 years ago.

Capizzi was elected to the Assembly in 1948 and served two terms, representing the city's West Side.

He owned Leonard's Superette at Connecticut and 14th streets for 50 years.

Capizzi attended Schools 49, 18 and 77 and Grover Cleveland High School.

He first joined the merchant marine as a radio operator in October 1942 before transferring to the Navy in August 1943.

Assigned to a minesweeper flagship, he saw duty in the Atlantic and Pacific as a radioman, third class.

Capizzi was a member of the West Side Businessmen's Association; the Romulus Club; the Democratic Club; the Italian-American Clubs of Buffalo and Kings Isle; Lodge 513, Loyal Order of Moose; and St. Lucie Catholic Church. He was a charter member and first president of the Kings Isle Men's Club.

He loved baseball and served as an usher for the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rae; a daughter, Lenore Grange; and a granddaughter, all of Port St. Lucie.

Memorial services were held Jan. 16 in St. Lucie Church.

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