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Angelo Mangano, bricklayer, stonemason Jan. 20, 1909 -- Sept. 25, 2005

Angelo T. Mangano was among the last of the skilled craftsman who built Buffalo's 20th century infrastructure.

A master bricklayer and stonemason, he worked for many years setting brick at the Bethlehem Steel coke ovens in Lackawanna. He also took special pride in his work on the Scajaquada Expressway bridge over Delaware Avenue, Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle and the fountain court in the old Seneca Mall.

Mr. Mangano died Sunday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster. He was 96.

A native of Buffalo and a longtime resident of the Town of Tonawanda, he was the son of an immigrant Sicilian bricklayer and worked in the trade for more than a half-century before retiring in the mid-1970s. In 2001, he received a 75-year service award from the International Union of Bricklayers.

For several years prior to his retirement, Mr. Mangano owned a liquor store on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda and a restaurant on East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. He was a bowler and golfer and a longtime member of the Perseverance Club, an East Side social group.

His wife of 63 years, Louise Bevilacqua Mangano, died in 1997.

Surviving are a son, Robert of Amherst; two daughters,
Marilynn Buckham of Buffalo and Jacquie Damen of North Port, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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