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Richard C. Lunghino, Sewer Authority executive secretary Nov. 3, 1935 -- Feb. 20, 2009

Richard C. Lunghino of Cheektowaga, retired executive secretary of the Buffalo Sewer Authority, died Friday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a four-month battle with a rare bone-marrow disorder. He was 73.

Mr. Lunghino graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, where he played tennis and basketball, ran on the cross country team and was elected senior class president.

Mr. Lunghino gave up a full scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to attend Canisius College, where he worked in the school's boiler room to help pay the bills. He graduated near the top of his class in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He was appointed to numerous City Hall positions before taking over as the Buffalo Sewer Authority's executive secretary in 1972. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Lunghino served as president of the Buffalo Metropolitan Federal Credit Union's board of directors for 12 years. He also was a member of the San Fele Association of Western New York, which serves as a point of contact for those who had descendants from the small town of San Fele in Italy and settled in the Buffalo region.

Mr. Lunghino is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Richard and Ronald; and a sister, Rose.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, Cheektowaga.


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