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Salvatore J. Scavone, counselor for county Health Department Jan. 29, 1954 -- April 14, 2007

Salvatore John Scavone, a youth and HIV awareness counselor for the Erie County Health Department who worked with the late Sister Karen Klimczak, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 53.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Scavone was a graduate of Oneida College, where he earned a degree in counseling. He moved to Buffalo in 1993.

In 2003, Mr. Scavone was trained as a counselor at Bissonette House, the halfway house for former prison inmates, and worked with Sister Karen. He stayed there for more than 14 months and eventually became an employee.

He also volunteered as a counselor at other group homes and for AIDS Community Service.

Mr. Scavone began working for the county Health Department as a counselor for youth groups in 2003.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lisa Thomas; two daughters, Melissa and Joan; two sons, John and Frank; two stepsons, Thomas S. and Christopher; and a sister, Betty Cassalina.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday in SS. Brigid & Columba Catholic Church, Hickory and Clinton streets.


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