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May 20, 1934 – Aug. 21, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS – Pasquale V. Bucci, known as the “Mayor of Pine Avenue,” died in his sleep Wednesday in his Hyde Park Boulevard home. He was 79.

Born in Gagliano Aterno, Abruzzo, Italy, Mr. Bucci came to the Falls in 1947 at age 13.

After attending local schools, he worked as a crane operator for Union Carbide and a pallet maker for Forgione Lumber Co. until he retired in the mid-1990s. He also worked in maintenance for Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home from 1999 to 2002.

Mr. Bucci was a member of the Christoforo Colombo Society, where he served as sergeant-at-arms from 2000 to 2003. He was also a volunteer for the Pine Avenue Business Association.

He was dubbed the “Mayor of Pine Avenue” because he was known for sitting on his Rollator walker at various corners on Pine Avenue and socializing with everyone who passed.

He is survived by two sons, Peter and Vincent.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue.