on January 3, 2014 - 8:03 PM
Aug. 26, 1928 – Dec. 27, 2013
Joseph C. Musca, a retired accountant and former Italian vice consul in Buffalo, died Dec. 27 at Covenant Hospice, Orlando, Fla. He was 85.
Mr. Musca was born in Buffalo to Sicilian parents.
The Great Depression forced the family to return to Sicily, but in 1948, at age 20, Mr. Musca came back to Buffalo, where he relearned English and completed high school.
He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany.
After his military service, Mr. Musca attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute for accounting and worked as an accountant at FMC Corp.
He married Carrie Polito in April 1953, years after meeting her at a community dance on the West Side.
He started the Hertel Agency, an accounting and insurance business, at Hertel and North Park avenues.
At the same time, he served as the Italian vice consul in Buffalo, assisting Italian-Americans with passports, birth certificates and pension documents.
He retired in 2001 and moved to Orlando.
Mr. Musca enjoyed traveling and was a licensed pilot. He also liked big-game hunting and took trips to Montana and British Columbia.
At age 70, Mr. Musca took up running. He qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon in 2003 when he was 74.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Joseph I. and Michael; a daughter, Kathy Riek; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.