Nov. 2, 1932 – Nov. 8, 2012

Leonard A. Sapienza Jr., who had a long career in food management, died Thursday in his Buffalo home. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Canisius High School. He served two years in the Army and toured with the Army All-Star baseball team.

Mr. Sapienza completed a two-year food management course at Erie County Technical Institute in 1954. He also completed a management internship with S.S. Kresge Co., a forerunner of Kmart, in Dunkirk and then transferred to Cleveland.

Upon his return to the Western New York area, Mr. Sapienza worked variously for the Three Coins Restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, the Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue and the Arabian Oasis Shriners Club on Southwestern Boulevard in West Seneca.

He also worked for the Cafe Continental, the downtown Buffalo Athletic Club, the Orchard Park Country Club and the Westwood Country Club in Amherst. He retired as a packer at Rich Products in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Sapienza served as president of the Club Managers Association from 1981 to 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Gloria Kay; two sons, Nicholas P. and Edward A.; a daughter, Sherry K. Madsen.; and a brother, Joseph A.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.