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William Tufillaro, club manager, caterer Feb. 23, 1936 -- Sept. 13, 2005

William R. Tufillaro, a former club manager and caterer, died Tuesday in his Clarence home after a long illness. He was 69.

A native of Buffalo, he graduated from Lafayette High School and earned an associate's degree in food service from Erie Community College.

He served in the Army in Germany from 1954 to 1956.

Mr. Tufillaro was manager of the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club from 1966 to 1997 and was president of Tufillaro Catering.

He was a member of the Club Managers Association and the International Food Service Executives of America, serving as president. In 1987, he was awarded the association's Philip A. Connelly Award for his volunteer work evaluating the food service of Army operations in the United States, Germany, Panama and South Korea.

After retiring, he and his wife of 45 years, Donna "Dusty" Graff Tufillaro, spent several months of the year in Florida. He enjoyed travel, golf, tennis and fine dining.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Andrea Benkovich of Clarence and Julie Peterson of Dallas; a son,
William P. of Clarence; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence.

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