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Leonard M. Sciolino, jazz pianist, retired attorney May 21, 1917 -- Feb. 21, 2006

Leonard M. Sciolino, a retired first assistant county attorney and a jazz pianist who played with music's greats, died Tuesday in Sisters Hospital. He was 88.

Mr. Sciolino played with Harold Austin on the Crystal Beach boat. After World War II,he entertained troops as part of Glenn Miller's Army Band. During the 1950s and '60s,he brought Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Danny Thomas and many other celebrities to Buffalo for dinners of the Romulus Club as a member of its board.

After retiring to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1980, Mr. Sciolino continued to play big-band music with an orchestra there. Each summer, he returned to his cottage in Crystal Beach, Ont.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1935, Canisius College in 1939 and the University of Buffalo Law School in 1942. A World War II veteran, he served with the Army in Europe from 1942 to 1946 and was a charter member of Richard DeBon Post, American Legion.

After the war, Mr. Sciolino entered law practice with Milton Lawandus, his brother-in-law. In 1949, he was appointed to the Erie County district attorney's office. He served until 1954, when he returned to private practice.

He later became first assistant county attorney and was the lead prosecutor in several environmental cases protecting Western New York waterways.

A lifelong Republican, Mr. Sciolino was a district committeeman in the 23rd Ward and ran for the Assembly seat in the 1st District in 1964.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Margaret Lawandus; a daughter, Susan Felser of Buffalo; three sons, Leonard G. and Robert, both of Buffalo, and Paul of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Annunciation Catholic Church, Lafayette and Grant streets. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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