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Albert F. Zarcone, co-owner of meat market Dec. 6, 1942 -- May 24, 2012

Albert F. Zarcone, retired co-owner of a Grant Street meat market, died Thursday at his home in the Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 69.

Born in Bagheria, Italy, Mr. Zarcone came to Buffalo in 1959 at age 16. He worked at a meat shop at 23 Grant St. owned by his family.

In 1962, Mr. Zarcone and his cousin, Carl, opened their own shop at 278 Grant St., Carl & Al Zarcone's Meats, which was known for its homemade Italian sausage.

He retired in 2006 and sold the business, but continued to help his nephew, Frank, at the family's shop at 23 Grant. Mr. Zarcone also was the primary meat cutter for several fine Italian restaurants.

He loved soccer and football.

Mr. Zarcone is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Anna Neureuter; a son, Albert W.; three brothers, Carlo, Frank and Tony; and two sisters, Enza DiStefano and Theresa Puelo.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.