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Nov. 19, 1929 – June 15, 2014

Dr. Arnold A. Abramo, of Orchard Park, retired U.S. Air Force colonel and longtime pediatrician, died Sunday in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 84.

Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Boys High School and earned a master’s degree in biology and chemistry from St. Bonaventure University in 1950. He earned a medical degree at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago in 1954.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1989, achieving the rank of colonel. He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., from 1954 to 1968 and later became a member of the 914th Air Squadron of Niagara Falls from 1968 to 1989.

A clinical professor at Georgetown University from 1965 to 1968, he was also a clinical instructor at the University at Buffalo from 1975 to 1990.

In 1968, Dr. Abramo opened his pediatrics practice at 189 Buffalo Ave. in Hamburg. He later moved his office to 5813 South Park Ave. until 2003 and retired from his office located at 17 Long Ave. in February 2004.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he also served as pediatric military consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1957.

He was a member of the Erie County Medical Society and the Baccelli Medical Society.

Dr. Abramo was a longtime usher at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Orchard Park.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Mary Joan Sander; two sons, William J. and Arnold A. II; two brothers, Donald J. and Richard; two sisters, Delores Cudak and Kathleen Bruno; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.