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Pasquale "Pat" Gugliuzza, 93, of Williamsville, co-founder of an importing company that specialized in Italian olive oil and cheeses, died Wednesday (Jan. 27, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

Born in Cefalo, Italy, he came to Buffalo at 18. He and his late brother, Anthony, started Buffalo Importing Co. in 1938 after purchasing a small store and business, Joseph Reina Importing, on Connecticut Street on the city's West Side.

The brothers and their wives built the business and, in seven years, moved to larger quarters in a former A&P grocery store at Connecticut and Normal Avenue.

In addition to the Italian imports, Gugliuzza was known for his home-style Italian sausage, which was served at many restaurants on the West Side. He picked up the recipe on one of his trips to his hometown in Italy. He continued to operate the store until 1977, when he retired.

He moved from Buffalo to Williamsville in the mid 1960s.

He and the former Josephine Manzella were married in 1937.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Vincent of Buffalo and Joseph of Lockport; and a sister, Grace Cerami of Cefalo, Italy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, after prayers at 9:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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