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Nov. 1, 1917 – Sept. 5, 2013

Santo J. Gugliuzza, insurance agent, professional drummer and World War II veteran, died Thursday in Absolut Care in Gasport after a lengthy illness. He was 95.

Mr. Gugliuzza was born and raised in Buffalo, where he graduated from high school and lived most of his life on the city’s West Side.

He was drafted into the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Mr. Gugliuzza spent most of his career working as an agent for Prudential Insurance but also played drums professionally with numerous bands for more than 50 years.

He also played drums for his friends and family during his 90th birthday party.

Mr. Gugliuzza was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Validome Club in Buffalo. He and his wife, Anna, moved to Lockport several years ago to be closer to family.

He was an avid artist and a member of the Market Street Art Gallery. He enjoyed painting scenes and animals, and continued painting until a couple of months ago.

Besides his wife, the former Anna F. Gioeli, Mr. Gugliuzza is survived by a daughter, Sandra A. Benevento; and a son, Richard P. Guluzza. .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 348 Porter Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.