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Joseph L. Billittier, retired sheriff's deputy, restaurateur's brother Jan. 8, 1927 -- April 20, 2007

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Louis Billittier of West Seneca, a retired Erie County sheriff's deputy and brother of the late restaurateur Louis Billittier, will be offered at 9 a.m. today in Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

He died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, one of eight children, he grew up on the East Side and served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Billittier was a sheriff's deputy for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1988 from assignment in State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang's courtroom. He was seen recently in old television film clips escorting Anthony Capozzi, the absolved Delaware Park rape suspect, in and out of court.

Previously, he worked at Bethlehem Steel and Republic Steel and owned and operated an Atlantic gas station at Seneca and Edson streets in South Buffalo.

In retirement, he worked part time for the West Seneca Town Buildings and Grounds Department. He also assisted at Chef's Restaurant before and after the death of his brother.

He was a past president and life member of Seneca Hose Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and served in the fire police. A member of various county and state firematic organizations, he also was a member of the West Seneca Civic and Patriotic Commission.

Surviving are his wife, the former Isabel R. Papaleo; a son, Joseph L. Jr.; two daughters, Linda Tedesco and Elizabeth R. "Becky"; a stepson, Roy "Buddy" Bailey; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Sands; a brother, Frank; two sisters, Christine Obstarczyk and Elizabeth "Betty" Balicki; and his former wife, the former Shirley Haskell.

[ANDERSON]

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