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Joseph A. Terrose, 92, owned McVan's nightclub Nov. 5, 1918 -- April 24, 2011


il,9l,4p3 Joseph A. Terrose, the Buffalo club owner who provided a stage for the city's cutting-edge rock and punk bands in the 1970s and early 1980s, died Sunday in Wedgewood Health Care Center, Amherst. He was 92.

Mr. Terrose owned and operated McVan's nightclub at Niagara Street and Hertel Avenue in Black Rock, acquiring the former speakeasy in 1963. At that time, it was still one of the city's leading venues for floor shows, like the ones where Mr. Terrose worked as a waiter in the 1950s -- the Town Casino and the Chez Ami.

When floor shows declined later in the mid-1960s, Mr. Terrose started presenting local and touring rock bands like Joey Dee & the Starliters, back when Jimi Hendrix was with the group. In the 1970s, his bookings became more adventurous, and he showcased local acts like Rodan, Pegasus and the Jumpers, and national attractions like Lou Gramm, the B-52s and Alex Chilton.

Mr. Terrose sold the club in the early 1980s. It was torn down and replaced by a Wilson Farms convenience store.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. He owned a gas station in the 1930s, then founded M&T Rug Cleaners in Riverside in 1943, which he and his wife operated through the 1990s. A longtime resident of the city's Elmwood Village district, he was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.

His wife of 67 years, Josephine Mecca Terrose, died in 2008.

Surviving are a son, Frank J.; a daughter, Judith Rice; and a sister, Frances Bonda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.


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