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Joseph V. LoTempio, longtime business owner

Aug. 12, 1930 – April 25, 2013

Joseph V. LoTempio, a veteran and a longtime business owner, died April 25 in Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. LoTempio attended School 19, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Grover Cleveland High School, where he was a champion swimmer. He went on to Canisius College and then to New York City, where he studied screen writing.

Mr. LoTempio served in the Army during the Korean War and, after completing his reserve duty, was honorably discharged from the military in 1960.

Mr. LoTempio had a wide range of jobs and careers during his life. He owned a bail bond business, was administrator for the health and welfare pension fund at Local 210 and was appointed chairman of the board of the Buffalo Sewer Authority by then-Mayor Frank Sedita Sr.

He was a tavern and restaurant owner, and he served as an aide for Anthony Masiello when Masiello was in the State Senate.

Mr. LoTempio transitioned into the mortgage business, followed by Allcare Family Services, a home health care agency, and AllTerra Land Development Group Inc., both of which he remained involved with until his death.

Mr. LoTempio was active in the Democratic Party. In his early years, he was an excellent handball player and later in life he became an avid golfer. He also was a fan of the art and film industries.

He is survived by his partner of many years, Laura A. Macy; his son, Gregory J., and his daughter, Dr. Maria M.; and a sister, Virginia LoTempio Savage.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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