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Allen F. Scioli, retired West Seneca police lieutenant, columnist

July 9, 1937 – June 20, 2016

Allen Felix Scioli, a retired West Seneca police lieutenant, died Monday in his Hamburg home after a 13-year battle with kidney disease. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo as the oldest of seven children, he led the way for his three younger brothers, all of whom followed him in joining the Marine Corps and becoming police officers.

He was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War, attaining the rank of lance corporal.

Mr. Scioli joined the West Seneca Police Department in 1969 and was a patrolman and a desk lieutenant before he was appointed chief of the Juvenile Bureau. He helped investigate the sex scandal that rocked the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in the 1980s.

One of three finalists considered for appointment as police chief in 1993, he attended the FBI National Academy in 1989, organized West Seneca’s anti-drug DARE program and helped initiate the town’s annual Night Out program, which he chaired for many years. He retired in 1999.

He served on the West Seneca Youth Board and the Drug Abuse Prevention Council and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the West Seneca Board of Education in 2001 and 2002. He moved to Hamburg in 2005.

He coached youth baseball, enjoyed golf and was a member of a card club.

A writer for more than 65 years, he won a contest at the Buffalo Courier-Express in 1949 for writing an article titled “Buffalo and Erie County – Should They Merge?” He was a weekly columnist at a local newspaper, an editor of statewide police publications and a frequent contributor of letters and articles to the editorial page of The Buffalo News.

His first wife, the former Barbara A. Stahl, died in 1970. He remarried in 1971 to the former Carol Lee Stoltz.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Gina M. Fulater and Bethann Lee Harrington; two sons, Allen M. and Michael A.; two brothers, Joseph and Timothy; two sisters, Sharon and Linda Mendola; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, formerly St. Michael’s, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna.

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