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Sept. 15, 1916 – Feb. 13, 2013

Leonard S. Coniglio, a retired labor leader and former Erie County sheriff’s deputy, died Wednesday at the Weinberg Campus, Amherst. He was 96.

Born in Dunkirk, Mr. Coniglio joined Cement Masons Local 511 in 1947 and served in several capacities with the union until his retirement in 1994. His elected positions included sergeant-at-arms, trustee, executive board president and president. In 1954, he studied ethics, parliamentary law and contract negotiations while attending the Diocese of Buffalo Labor College.

In 1961, Mr. Coniglio was elected both business manager and financial secretary of the union, positions he held for 33 years. He was instrumental in forming the Unions Pension Fund and served as its administrative manager. He also served as the sergeant-at-arms for the Buffalo Building Trades Council from 1961 to 1994.

Mr. Coniglio also served as a sheriff’s deputy from 1956 until his retirement in 1969. He received a certificate of merit from then-Sheriff B. John Tutuska in 1961. When Sheriff Robert Glaser became the state’s racing commissioner, he appointed Mr. Coniglio to a position as honorary racing commissioner in 1960.

Mr. Coniglio is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Oliana Latini; a daughter, Judith M. Catalano; two sons, Robert L. and Joseph S.; and two stepsons, David and Steven Marx.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.