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AMICO, Michael A.

AMICO, Michael A.

AMICO - Michael A. Former Sheriff of Erie County, he died peacefully on September 6, 2015, age 95, beloved husband of Virginia (nee Bishop) Amico; dearest father of Joanne (Anthony) Fontana; loving grandfather of Michael (Nicole) Fontana, Alicia (Raymond) Castiglione and Jennifer (Todd) Straeck; great-grandfather of Daniella, Antonio, Raymond, Genevieve, Caleb, Grady and Sebastian; dear brother of Rev. Charles Amico; predeceased by brothers, Dr. Joseph (Helen) and Rev. Msgr. Richard Amico and sisters, Josephine (Michael) Ervolina and Grayce (Michael) Arena; devoted son of the late Alfonso and Josephine (nee Giovino) Amico; brother-in-law of Michael Ervolina, Helen Amico and Michael Arena. He was educated in Buffalo Public Schools on the lower West Side, graduating from Grover Cleveland High School. After military service in World War II as an Army Air Corps Pilot, he attended The University at Buffalo and graduated from its School of Law. He joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1947 and rose to the rank of lieutenant as assistant chief of detectives in charge of vice, liquor, gambling, narcotics, criminal intelligence and organized crime. In 1963, he represented Buffalo at the US Senate Investigation Committee in Washington on Organized Crime (Valachi Hearings). Named "Man of the Year" by The Buffalo Evening News. He was Sheriff of Erie County for two terms (1970-77). Recipient of numerous citations, including the "Grover Cleveland Award" for outstanding service by the Erie County Sheriff Foundation in 1989; "Distinguished Alumni Award" by The University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association in 1989; and a citation from the Erie County Sheriff's Office, only three weeks ago. He was a life-long parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Buffalo: member of the Holy Name Society, Catholic War Veterans, and ushers group. Associated with several societies, e.g., Vice-President of the Federation of Italian-American Societies; member of the Planning Committee of the Mussomeli Society of Our Lady of Miracles; Chairman of the Board of Valu Home Centers, which he co-founded. Family and friends may call Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner of Hopkins Rd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville (off Maple Rd). Friends are asked to assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael's memory to Holy Cross Church, 345 Seventh St., Buffalo, NY 14201. Please share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com

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