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Alfonso B. Monti, veteran, sports enthusiast
July 17, 1924 -- Feb. 2, 2006

Alfonso B. Monti of Cheektowaga, a sports enthusiast who won several medals in senior events, died unexpectedly Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 81.

Known as "Buzzy," Mr. Monti was born in Depew and was a graduate of Depew High School. An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a sergeant in the 61st Signal Battalion, and fought in battles in the Rhineland and central Europe.

He worked for more than 30 years as a paving foreman for what originally was known as Transit Paving, retiring in 1989.

A sports enthusiast, he played football, basketball and baseball in high school as well as in the Army. He later also enjoyed softball and bowling.

His true love was basketball, and his basketball teams medaled in many Empire State Senior Games and National Masters tournaments as recently as 2005. He also won many medals in various Senior Olympic events, including basketball.

Mr. Monti enjoyed all styles of music and attended concerts throughout the Buffalo area.

Survivors include his wife, the former Julia Wisniewski of Cheektowaga; two daughters, Patricia Chase of Cameron, N.C., and Suzanne Szewczyk of Syracuse; three sons, Patrick and John, both of Naples, Fla., and Al Jr. of West Seneca; three brothers; four sisters; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, following prayers at 9:15 in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St. at Borden Road, West Seneca. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.


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