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Jan. 31, 1944 – July 15, 2014

Joseph A. Greco, of Buffalo, a retired supervisor in the Buffalo Streets Sanitation Department, died Tuesday in St. John’s Hospice after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was the son of Assemblyman Stephen R. Greco. He was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and earned a degree in political science from Canisius College.

Mr. Greco began with the city as a sanitation worker when he was 18; he was supervisor of sanitation when he retired about 10 years ago. He served as secretary-treasurer of Local 264, American Federation of State and Municipal Employees.

He had a successful second career as an insurance agent, taking over his grandfather’s business, the Greco Insurance Agency in the Brisbane Building, after he graduated from college. He merged the agency with Lawley Insurance and continued as an agent until about 10 years ago.

Mr. Greco was a horseman, enjoyed riding and owned several quarter horses. In retirement, he traveled extensively.

Survivors include a son, Joseph A. Jr.; a daughter, Nicole Greco Cedeno; two brothers, Stephen R. Jr. and Lucian D.; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, formerly Annunciation Church, 248 Lafayette Ave.