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Robert Mangano, businessman and philanthropist

Aug. 28, 1939 - July 28, 2016

Robert “Bob” Mangano, a local businessman and philanthropist, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mangano graduated from Technical High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in business management in 1962 from the University of Buffalo. After graduating, he worked as a sales clerk at a J.C. Penney store in Rochester.

Returning to Buffalo in 1973, he opened Bob’s Galley, a restaurant on East Delavan Avenue. In 1980, he opened The Bulb Man Inc. on Elmwood Avenue, supplying bulbs and electric supplies to retail and business consumers.

His firm was among the first in Western New York to carry lighting for seasonal affective disorder – a winter condition caused by lack of sunlight.

Mr. Mangano was a member of the high school fraternity Tau Zeta Tau, and before and after retirement was a member and active officer of the Per Niente Club, for which he helped plan and organize Buffalo-area charitable activities for the needy.

At UB, he managed the basketball team under coach Len Serfustini. Until recently, he played racquetball, handball and basketball.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Ursula McHugh; a daughter, Renee Marie Bouris; a son, Joseph Angelo; a sister, Marilynn Buckham; and one grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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