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Daniel A. Pentasuglio, bakery owner, WWII veteran; Feb. 19, 1926 -- Feb. 25, 2012

Daniel A. Pentasuglio, the longtime owner of a West Side bakery and World War II Navy veteran, died Saturday in his West Seneca home. He was 86.

Mr. Pentasuglio, born in Buffalo in 1926, was a graduate of Technical High School. He briefly attended the University of Buffalo and studied chemistry before joining the Navy in 1944. While he was in the Navy, his fleet was commissioned to assist in the testing of the atomic bomb.

Mr. Pentasuglio owned Blue Bird Bakery on West Avenue for more than 50 years. The bakery specialized in Italian Christmas cookies, St. Joseph's and Easter breads, and whipped-cream layer cakes. Renowned for his custom-made wedding cakes, Mr. Pentasuglio was known to the community as "Danny Bluebird."

A president of the Hertel-North Park Lions Club, Mr. Pentasuglio became a board member and president of the West Seneca Lions Club after moving to the town following his retirement in 1986. He was honored with the Melvin Jones Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicated service to the blind in Western New York.

Mr. Pentasuglio was a marksman and enjoyed hunting with Lions Club members and target and skeet shooting at the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club. A Buffalo Bills fan, he was a frequent tailgating presence with his RV at then-Rich Stadium.

Mr. Pentasuglio is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Grace Marinaccio; a son, Joseph; and two daughters, Mary Lou Pentasuglio and Susan Montesano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Prayers will be said at 8:30 in Curtin Funeral Home, 1349 Union Road, West Seneca.