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Pasquale C. Pace, musician, retired home builder <br> July 1, 1925 -- June 8, 2007

Pasquale Carmen Pace, former part-owner of Pace Builders home construction company, died Friday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. He was 81.

A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mr. Pace graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School before receiving both his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Buffalo.

He worked for 30 years as a home builder with Pace Builders before leaving in 1977 to work in sales at Prudential Financial. He retired in the 1980s, said his daughter Lynn O'Connor.

Mr. Pace served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. In 1954, he married Jeanmarie Jacobson from Buffalo. She died in 1974.

Mr. Pace's daughter said music was his chief passion. He played clarinet, saxophone and flute, joining dance bands, the West Seneca Ismailia Shriners band and most, recently, the Grandfathers concert band.

"It got him out of duty in the Army," she saidg about her father's musical talent. "I think he loved to perform, . . . and he found great comfort and inspiration in music."

Mr. Pace also enjoyed visual art, joining an area camera club in the 1960s and displaying oil paintings -- often landscapes -- at the Allentown Art Festival.

In addition to his daughter Lynn, survivors include two sons, John and Peter; another daughter, Carolyn Ross; and a brother, Charles.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Hamburg.


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