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Joseph Silluzio, 88, tap dancer known as "Joe Bones"

Dec. 29, 1929 – Aug. 22, 2018

Joseph Silluzio, a tap dancer known as “Joe Bones,” died Aug. 22 in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Grover Cleveland High School and was a bellhop at the Peter Stuyvesant Hotel until it closed. He then was a wastewater operator for the Buffalo Sewer Authority, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Silluzio began tap dancing as a boy and continued performing until last year. A “hoofer,” he enjoyed his proudest moment when he danced with his idol, Gregory Hines, during a concert at the University at Buffalo.

“He knew Gregory Hines would ask if anybody in the audience had tap shoes," his daughter, Lynn Rossney said. "So he went up on stage and danced with him.”

He danced with another prominent hoofer, Savion Glover, at Carmarie'a Dance Studio, where he took part in recitals. He also performed in nursing homes with the Sensational Seniors tap troupe.

He hunted regularly with friends in Franklinville for many years.

His wife of 36 years, the former Rose Marie Saccone, died in 1985.

Survivors also include two sons, Thomas and Joseph III; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, Aug. 27, in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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