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Sebastian Santomieri, 84, of Cheektowaga, retired foundry superintendent for Worthington Corp. and an amateur athlete, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) in Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga after a long illness.

Known as "Bus" or "Bucky," he graduated from Buffalo Technical High School in 1934 and went to work as an apprentice at Worthington in 1935. He retired from the company in 1981 as foundry superintendent.

He was past president of the Worthington Management Club and former chairman of the American Foundrymen's Society.

He started weight training in his teens and wrestled in the 155-pound weight class for the downtown YMCA championship team. He introduced and taught bodybuilding and competitive weight lifting at the YMCA under Don Myencke.

Santomieri held the Western New York Amateur Athletic Union's two-hand snatch, clean and jerk and totals record. He also was past chairman of the Western New York Amateur Athletic Union.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary; two sons, David of Naples, Fla., and Dean of Berkeley, Calif; two brothers, Len of California and John of Amherst; and two grandchildren.


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