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BUSCAGLIA, Fortunato "Fred"

Buscaglia - Fortunato "Fred" Of Laguna Vista, TX, on September 17, 2016, at the age of 86, lost his life to a battle with Cancer. Born June 11, 1930, in Buffalo, NY to Dr. John J. and M. Catherine Buscaglia. 1948 Graduate of Canisius High School. University of Buffalo graduate 1952 B.A. (Psychology), 1954 M.S.W. (Psychiatric Social Worker) 1954. New York Certified Social Worker. U.S. Army, 1955 - 1957, Psychiatric Social Worker Officer, Ft. Campbell, KY, Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. Buffalo General Hospital (Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic), Psychiatric Social Worker, 1957. Childers's Aid & S.P.C.C.; Child Psychiatric Worker, 1958-59. N.Y. State Dept. of Social Services Area Director, (last position held), 1959-72. Erie County Dept. of Social Services, Commissioner, last 11 years, 1972-87. Retired January 1, 1988. Past President N.Y. Public Welfare Assoc., United Way Committees, Board Member Erie County Partnership. Fred held residences in Buffalo, NY, Ft. Campbell, KY, Ft. Smith, AK, South Parde Island and Laguna Vista, TX. Fred enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, fishing, New York, Yankees, Buffalo Bills, reading, driving his XLR and the many friends he shared his passions with. Survived by two siblings, Mary Grace Landsberg, Concetta (Connie) Green, and five children, Catherine, M.L. (Hodge), John, Deb (Stark/Fontaine), Emily (Rallo), six Grandchildren, Carly (Hodge/Will), Alexis (Hodge/Radel), John James, Luisa (Buscaglia/Murrell), Alex (Rallo), Nicolas (Rallo), nine great-grandchildren, Connor, Jacob, Ryan, Collin, (Will), Chanel, Dallas, Liberty, (Radel), Joshua James, Payton Jaymes (Murrell); and one daughter-in-law, Celina, four sons-in-law, Michael (Hodge, deceased), Floyd "Michael" (Stark deceased), Dean (Rallo), Raul (Fontaine). Thank you Rob Green (nephew), for keeping him thinking, you're a great cousin. A special thanks to Cardiologist Dr. Shereef Hilmy, Oncologist Dr. Todd Shenkenberg, Texas, Gentiva Hospice, BUCK ASHCRAFT FUNERAL HOME, of Harlingen for assisting our family with our needs.You are invited to sign the online guestbook or share a memory at www.buckashcraft.com. Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 710 Ed Carey Dr., Harlingen, TX 78550, (956) 423-3636.

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