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Nov. 15, 1922 – Dec. 30, 2013

Salvatore P. Graziani, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired autoworker, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 91.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., he served in the Navy in World War II and came to Buffalo in 1946. He worked as a chipper at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant.

Mr. Graziani grew up playing hockey on the frozen lakes and rivers of northern Michigan and passed his lifelong love of the sport to his sons John and Paul, both of whom played hockey for Canisius College.

He also played football in high school and played recreational volleyball into his 80s. He medalled in volleyball in the New York State Senior Olympics.

His wife, the former Christine Viola, died in 2008.

Survivors include four sons, Thomas N., Gary L, John P. and Paul A.; a daughter, Jean Greinert; a sister, Margaret Bernard; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.