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Dr. Anthony M. Aquilina, physician, veteran Oct. 29, 1921 -- March 13, 2006

Dr. Anthony M. Aquilina, a retired physician, died Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Raised on Buffalo's West Side, he graduated from Grover Cleveland High School. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Buffalo.

He served as a captain in the Army from 1946 to 1948.

He practiced internal medicine, establishing the Cleveland Hill Medical Group in 1953 and serving as attending physician at Sisters Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital. He also was a clinical instructor at UB's Medical School. He retired as a doctor in 1987.

Dr. Aquilina was a former church council president at Cleveland Hill Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed fishing and was a patron of the performing arts.

His first wife, Jean Schamber Aquilina, died in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dawn Kuebler; three sons, Dr. Alan of Williamsville, David of Minneapolis and Scott of Boston, Mass.; a daughter, Janice of Minneapolis; a stepson, Peter Cataldo of Alexandria, Va.; a stepdaughter, Camille Wilkinson of Clarence; a brother, Dr. Joseph of Buffalo; a sister, Eleanor Cameron of Batavia; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church of Amherst, 6540 Main St. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.


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