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Michael R. "Ray" Guastaferro, 80, a saxophone and clarinet player and retired City of Buffalo employee, died Sunday (Dec. 26, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He lived in Williamsville.

A lifelong resident of the Buffalo area, he was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from 1942 to 1946.

A prominent saxophone and clarinet player from his youth, he was a member of the 106th Armory Band. During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army Band.

As an active musician, he played with local bands: Sentimental Journey, Amherst Community Band, Ismailia Shrine Band, Gus Farrell Orchestra and the Players Club Band. He also performed weekly in area nursing homes and for the Association for the Blind locally and in Boca Raton, Fla.

Guastaferro retired in 1974 from his position with the City of Buffalo as superintendent of motor equipment maintenance.

He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and Troop I Post, American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Oddy, and a sister, Florence Vigiano of Batavia.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Gregory the Great Church, Amherst. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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