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Aug. 5, 1925 – Jan. 18, 2014

Peter N. Cavaretta, a teacher for 30 years in Sweet Home Central schools, died Saturday at Fox Run in Orchard Park. The former Amherst resident was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Lafayette High School and entered the U.S. Army during World War II. He was injured twice, earning two Purple Hearts, and each time returned to battle.

After the war, he enrolled at Niagara University and transferred to Canisius College, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Mr. Cavaretta was a national service officer for AMVETS for several years before he started teaching at Sweet Home schools. He was chairman of the middle school science department and was very active in the Western New York Science Congress.

In 1971, Mr. Cavaretta ran for Erie County executive against Edward V. Regan in the Conservative Party’s primary.

After retiring from teaching in 1987, he joined the Red Cross as a CPR instructor for several decades. He also was a volunteer at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he was recognized for more than 7,500 hours of service. He was an ecumenical minister and an acolyte, and he helped at senior citizens meetings at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. He was chosen as one of St. Gregory’s Twelve for outstanding service to the church.

He also belonged to the Disabled American Veterans, as well as several professional organizations and golf leagues.

Survivors include his wife, the former Therese Gorzynski; two daughters, Linda Scamurra and Madeleine “Mimi” Wood; a son, Bruce; a sister, Jean Cross; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.