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Patrick J. Ucci, chairman of Transitowne Automotive

July 3, 1944 – March 27, 2015

Patrick J. Ucci, chairman of Transitowne Automotive Group, died Friday in his Williamsville home after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1966 to 1972.

After graduating from college, he accepted a position as an insurance agent with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. At age 26, he was appointed general agent, becoming one of the youngest in the history of the company, and served in that capacity for 19 years.

In 1985, he left the insurance business to enter into residential development and construction. He founded DeAngelis and Ucci, which oversaw the construction of more than 500 homes, primarily in Amherst, Williamsville, Buffalo and the Southtowns.

A lifetime car enthusiast, Mr. Ucci became principal of the Transitowne Automotive Group in 1991, and subsequently the Vision Automotive Group in Rochester. He remained chairman of the company up to time of his death.

An avid golfer, he had been a member of the Country Club of Buffalo for more than 40 years. He was a former member of the Buffalo Club and the Naples Grande Golf Club in Naples, Fla., where he resided for many years while investing in real estate and development.

He was a supporter of several charities in Buffalo and Naples, most recently providing funding for the nurses’ station and several patient rooms in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Mr. Ucci was formerly married to Kathleen Manley Ucci.

Survivors include his two sons, Patrick David and Andrew P.; a daughter, Sarah Ucci Steiner; three grandchildren; and his close companion, Susan Warren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.

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