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Aug. 6, 1920 – Dec. 30, 2013

Vincent Scibetta, who served in a Navy submarine force during World War II and was an insurance agent for more than a half-century, died Monday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 93.

Born to Italian immigrants parents, Mr. Scibetta grew up on the city’s West Side and graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

During the war, he served in the Pacific Theater as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Norris and USS Bunker Hill.

For 54 years, he was an agent for New York Life, making him the company’s longest-serving agent in the Buffalo region.

“Our father was an ambassador of Buffalo, always promoting the City of Good Neighbors to those whom he met throughout his travels in the U.S. and abroad,” said Carolyn Markiewicz, his youngest daughter. “We are inspired by his zest for life, kindness towards others and dedication to the community.”

A longtime Eggertsville resident, Mr. Scibetta was active in the Knights of Columbus, Order of Alhambra, Cantalician Center and Holy Name Society of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Eggerstville. He also was an enthusiastic donor to local charities.

As recently as last summer, he was an active participant in the Buffalo Senior Tennis League and was a member of the UB Gray Bulls, Amherst Audubon and St. Benedict Golf leagues and enjoyed playing handball, racquetball and bowling.

His wife of 57 years, the former Ruth McManus, died in 2007.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Jiammarino, Carolyn Markiewicz and Christine; and a grandson.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.