Weekly Feature

2006-04-05 / Obituaries

Joseph A. Miano, retired Deputy Sheriff, Amherst Democrat

Miano Miano Joseph A. Miano, 88, a retired Erie County Sheriff's Deputy, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at the home of his son in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lafayette High School and wrestling team. Mr. Miano served under three sheriffs beginning with Mike Amico in the Civil Processing Bureau.

Mr. Miano's passion for politics is well known by Democrats and Republicans in the Town of Amherst and Erie County. A life-long Democrat, he served many years as a committeeman and eventually became vice-chairman of the Amherst Democratic Party.

Honored as "Man of the Year" at a benefit dinner, he helped spearhead the political campaigns of many local and state officials including former Governor Mario Cuomo, whom he greatly admired.

Mr. Miano was a member of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and served as an official at both the Buffalo and Batavia Raceways. He was an honorary life member and fourth degree Knight with the Buffalo Chapter No. 184 Knights of Columbus.

A devout catholic, he was an avid supporter of the Catholic Club of Buffalo and 50-plus year member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Tonawanda.

His wife, the former Mary Mordino, died in 1976. He is survived by three sons, Joseph of Clarence, Ronald of Amherst and Michael of St. Petersburg, Fla,; and a daughter, Susan Adams of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at the (Amherst Chapel) Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Dr. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament (Tonawanda), 263 Claremont Ave.

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