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Jan. 8, 1924 – Sept. 16, 2013

When Dr. Emanuel Amato arrived in the United States in 1955 with $150 in his pocket and his medical degree from the University of Palermo in Sicily, he spoke virtually no English. He went on to a long career as a psychiatrist at several Buffalo hospitals.

Dr. Amato died Monday at his Orchard Park home. He was 89.

Following a medical residency in psychiatry, he began practicing in Buffalo, primarily at Linwood-Bryant Hospital, the predecessor of Bry-Lin Hospital. He also was on the staff at Sisters, Mercy and Millard Fillmore hospitals.

He was a member of the Erie County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society, and a past president of the Baccelli Medical Society.

He also was special consultant to Buffalo Family Court and Buffalo City Court.

When he could get away from his busy practice, he loved going to his farm in Cherry Creek, where he bred horses, enjoyed horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, hiking, raising cattle and entertaining his family and friends.

Dr. Amato was preceded in death by his wife, the former Maria Marrale.

He is survived by two sons, Joachim and Emanuel S.; two brothers, Angelo and Giuseppe; and two sisters, Maria Carrubba and Enza Armenio.

Services are private.