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Anthony Aschieri, sheriff's detective sergeant, restaurateur <br> Sept. 19, 1919 -- April 2, 2007

Anthony Aschieri, 87, a World War II veteran, member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department for 30 years and a Buffalo restaurateur, died Monday in Autumn View Manor Health Care Facility, Cheektowaga. He was 87.

Mr. Aschieri, who was born in Potenza, Italy, served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

He began work in the Sheriff's Department in 1950. While working there, he was part of the Motorcycle Division for many years. He later was promoted to squad leader, attaining the rank of sergeant before being promoted again to detective sergeant, which he held until his retirement in 1980.

He was one of the founders of the Badge and Shield Club -- serving as president from 1962 to 1970 -- and also led a delegation to the state capital to lobby for civil service status for sheriff's employees.

Besides his work in the military and law enforcement, Mr. Aschieri was the former owner of the Washington Square restaurant. He was an avid golfer and played municipal league baseball.

His wife, Irene Walkowiak Aschieri, died in 2004.

He is survived by two stepdaughters, Juanita Nappo and Debbie Darcy, both of Hamburg.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Amigone Funeral Home, 6050 Transit Road, Lancaster.

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