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Anthony J. Agone, Alden school music teacher, band director June 20, 1921 -- Feb. 6, 2009

Anthony J. Agone of Alden, an elementary school music teacher and band director, died Friday in the Erie County Home, Alden. He was 87.

Born in Rome, N.Y., he was studying at Fredonia State College when he was drafted into the Army Air Forces during World War II and played in a military band.

Returning from service, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fredonia State College. He played in the college symphony orchestra and was a director of the White Eagle Band in Dunkirk.

A trombone and piano player, Mr. Agone taught instrumental music and was band director for the Alden Central Schools from 1949 until he retired in 1980.

An avid bowler and golfer, he was club champion for several years at Chestnut Hill Country Club. He also was a devoted Bills and Sabres fan.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Rosemarie Betz; a son, Paul A.; two daughters, Nancy J. Maduri and Janet M. Malecki; and two brothers, Ralph and Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sandridge Road, Alden.

[ANDERSON]

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