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Dr. Philip A. LaNasa, 89, longtime dentist in Clarence

June 17, 1929 - Jan. 24, 2019

Dr. Philip A. LaNasa, a longtime local dentist, died Jan. 24 in Elderwood at Williamsville in Amherst. He was 89.

Born in Geneva, N.Y., he graduated from Bishop Fallon High School in Buffalo and Canisius College.

In 1954, he married Jeanette Scaccia. After Mr. LaNasa graduated from Georgetown University's School of Dentistry, the couple moved to Key West, Fla., where he served as a captain in the Navy from 1956 to 1958.

In 1958, they moved to Clarence, where Mr. LaNasa opened a dental practice. The couple raised six children in Clarence.

"As a family we went on many fun trips that we still talk about," Mr. LaNasa said, in a write-up marking his 80th birthday. "In those days, six children wasn't considered a large family and there was never a dull moment."

Mr. LaNasa worked as a dentist for 38 years. He and his wife moved to Florida for 10 years, but later returned to Clarence.

In his free time, Mr. LaNasa was an avid sports car enthusiast and golfer for many years. He was a lifetime member of the New York State Dental Society and a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

Along with his wife, Mr. LaNasa is survived by four sons, Philip S., Samuel, Peter and Joseph; two daughters, Victoria Palmerton and Marianne; a brother, Joseph; a sister, Maria Graziano; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.

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