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John A. Buscaglia, owned paving company

Oct. 12, 1949 – Jan. 23, 2016

John A. “Buzzy” Buscaglia, of Grand Island, who owned a paving company, died Saturday in Buffalo General Medical Center under hospice care. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Hiram Scott College in Nebraska.

Returning to Buffalo, he became active in managing and operating his father’s Tops Markets supermarkets and Wilson Farms convenience stores, which were part of the chain co-founded by his uncle, Thomas A. Buscaglia.

In the mid-1980s, Mr. Buscaglia founded his own company, J.A. Buscaglia Paving, Blacktop and Snowplowing, based on Grand Island. He serviced residential and commercial customers throughout the area.

He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, camping and protecting wild animals.

He nurtured an injured owl back to health, then donated it to the Buffalo Zoo.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Giarrano; three daughters, Patricia Hooper, Jeannette and Georgia; four sisters, Louise Klenk, Georgia Owczarzak, Carol Lynn and Jeanne; and a brother, James.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

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