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Joseph Russell Scandurra, retired produce wholesaler, avid skier

Nov. 1, 1933 – June 28, 2015

Joseph Russell Scandurra, a retired produce wholesaler and avid skier, died Monday at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. He was 81.

Mr. Scandurra was born in Batavia and graduated from Park School of Buffalo in 1956. He was on state champion football and track teams, and attended Georgetown University.

He started working at the age of 21 and didn’t stop until 2013, when he retired at age 79.

He was a produce wholesaler who owned a family business at the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal. The Scandurra family was one of the original produce providers of the Elk Street Market.

Besides being a season ticket holder and fan of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, he enjoyed skiing, and spending weekends at Kissing Bridge.

Mr. Scandurra married the former Marsha Zolnowski and the two had six children – three girls and three boys. The family resided in Lancaster.

He was also a dedicated supporter of the SPCA and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Besides his wife of 32 years, survivors include daughters, Mary Wolfson, Anna Battaglia, and Susan Scinta; sons Joseph Ryan, John and James; his stepson, Todd Deirdre Miklas; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Benedict Church, Main Street at Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

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