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Thomas M. Cavaretta, retired Buffalo city supervisor

July 29, 1958 – Feb. 26, 2017

Thomas Michael Cavaretta, of Lackawanna, retired supervisor of computer operations for the City of Buffalo, died Sunday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 58.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and earned an associate degree from Erie Community College.

Mr. Cavaretta began working for the City of Buffalo in 1977 in the Parks Department.

He became a data processing computer librarian in 1979, a computer operator in 1980, a programmer in 1983, a systems analyst in 1986, a system support specialist in 1993 and systems administrator in 1997.

He was named supervisor of data processing operations in 2001. He retired in 2014.

Known to his colleagues as “Buddy,” he was recognized for his personal and professional achievements.

Prior to his retirement, Mayor Byron W. Brown proclaimed June 19, 2014, as “Tom Cavaretta Day.”

A longtime member of Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus, he enjoyed golfing, running in road races, camping, cooking, grilling, wine making and listening to music.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, the former Carol L. Albanese; six daughters, Laura, Mary Prem, Rebecca Gray, Lindsay Gray, Paige Gray and Alexis; three brothers, Lou, Anthony and Charles; three sisters, Elizabeth Thorpe, Sarah Buttino and Nancy; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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