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Anthony Del Bosco, retired teacher June 1, 1928 -- Aug. 13, 2005

Anthony Del Bosco of The Villages, Fla., a retired North Tonawanda teacher, died Aug. 13 in Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Fla., following a lengthy illness. He was 77.

Mr. Del Bosco was born in Niagara Falls but moved as a young man with his mother to Weymouth, Mass., where he graduated from high school.

He later graduated from Buffalo State Teacher's College, earning a bachelor's and master's degree.

Mr. Del Bosco served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was stationed at what was then the Naval Air Station in Niagara Falls.

He taught at the Ohio Street School in North Tonawanda from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Del Bosco was a longtime member of the Niagara Falls Musicians Union and played the drums with various bands at area venues. He also was past master of the Tonawanda Masonic Lodge No. 247.

In 2001, Mr. Del Bosco and his wife, the former Ina Ciadella, moved from Lancaster to The Villages, a popular retirement community in Florida. He was a member of St. George Episcopal Church there and enjoyed golf and bowling.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, survivors include a daughter, Leslie A. Fischer of Lancaster; a brother, Frank of Eustis, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

A Masonic memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 in the chapel at Acacia Park Cemetery, 4215 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton.

Burial will be in the Garden of Memories section of Acacia Park Cemetery, next to his son, Alan A., who died in 1991.

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