March 23, 1915 – March 30, 2017
Albert Sillato, a professional photographer for more than 50 years, died March 30 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 102.
Born in Rochester, he attended Rochester schools and began his career as a photographer while serving as a petty officer in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Stationed in Guam and the Philippines, he took aerial photographs of strategic terrain.
He was honored by the Navy in 2015 at luncheon at Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, where he cut the ribbon to open the park for the season. He was honored later the same day in Niagara Falls.
A longtime Lancaster resident before moving to Clarence six years ago, Mr. Sillato joined in 1947 with other veterans in Don Jay Studios in Lancaster, specializing in portraits and weddings throughout Western New York and northern Pennsylvania. He continued working at the studio for a few years after he sold the business in 1984.
For the past 15 years, he was a volunteer at the Brothers of Mercy Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, visiting with patients, taking them to physical therapy and sorting the mail. He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
An avid golfer, he belonged to the Lancaster Country Club for more than 65 years and was the club’s oldest and longest-playing member. He volunteered as a ranger for the past 15 years and continued to walk the course until 2014, carrying his clubs. He shot three holes-in-one.
His wife of 59 years, the former Marjorie Ehde, died in 2001.
Survivors include a son, Albert R.; a daughter, Barbara Cianciulli; two sisters, Yolanda DeLorm and Inez; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were private.