Peter Scaccia Obituary

Peter A. Scaccia
Peter A. Scaccia

February 5, 1929 - December 30, 2017
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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SCACCIA - Peter A.
December 30, 2017; age 88; beloved son of the late Croce and Carmella Scaccia; loving brother of Carmello (Lynn) Scaccia and Jeanette (Philip A.) LaNasa; also survived by 6 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews; he will be sadly missed by many family and friends. The family will be present Friday from 4-8 PM at the (Harris Hill Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8440 Main St. (near Harris Hill Rd.). Family and friends are invited Saturday to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville, at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Interment to immediately follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Peter was a United States Army Korean War Veteran and a retired Chief of Detective's with the Erie County Sheriff's Department. Share condolences at www.AMIGONE.com.
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Buffalo News Version
Feb. 5, 1929 - Dec. 30, 2017

One of his many nephews and nieces once asked Peter A. Scaccia why he decided to become an Erie County Sheriff's deputy.

"I wanted to help people," he answered, recalled the nephew, Philip LaNasa,"and police work was the way I thought I could help the most people."

Mr. Scaccia, a Korean War veteran who served with the Sheriff's Office for 31 years, died on Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a long illness. He was 88.

Born and educated on Buffalo's West Side, he served in the Army in Korea, and then returned to Buffalo and took a job as a sheriff's deputy in 1953.

During his long career in law enforcement, he rose to the rank of captain, and then chief of detectives under the late Sheriff Kenneth J. Braun in the 1970s.

He worked on many major cases, including the successful investigation into the .22-Caliber Killer crimes that terrorized Buffalo's black community in 1980. The investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of the late Joseph G. Christopher, who was implicated in 10 killings in Western New York and New York City.

Mr. Scaccia worked closely with the Buffalo FBI office on many investigations into organized crime and major crimes in Erie County. For about 15 years, he also headed the Sheriff's security operations at Buffalo Bills games and the Erie County Fair.

A devout Catholic, he made six visits to the Vatican, where one of his uncles served as a priest.

Known for his sense of humor and his help to local charities, he raised thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House, the Buffalo News Neediest Fund, Cradle Beach and other causes.

He belonged to several organizations, including the Rascals, a luncheon group of prominent Buffalonians who took delight in chatting about politics and other local issues.

"He's had many health issues over the years since his retirement, but Pete just kept rolling along, and helping other people," said LaNasa, the nephew. "He never married, never had kids of his own, but he loved kids. For his six nephews and nieces, his 14 grand-nephews and grand nieces, and his five great-grand nephews and nieces, he was like a guardian angel."

Mr. Scaccia, an Amherst resident, is survived by a sister, Jeanette LaNasa, and a brother, Carmello Scaccia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Williamsville.

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Visitation
Harris Hill Chapel
8440 Main St.
Clarence, NY US 14221
Friday, January 5, 2018
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Service
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
4375 Harris Hill Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Saturday, January 6, 2018
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Burial
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage
Buffalo, NY US 14225
Saturday, January 6, 2018