Obituary: Anthony J. Colucci Jr., former Buffalo Philharmonic board chair, 84

Posted on: August 20, 2018

“As head of the Buffalo Municipal Civil Service Commission from 1968 to 1986, Anthony J. Colucci Jr. pushed for more minority hiring in the police and fire departments,” writes Anne Neville in Sunday’s (8/19) Buffalo News (N.Y.). “And as chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Board, starting in 1982, he guided the BPO to financial stability through a tumultuous period of reduced county funding, administrative belt-tightening and a threatened musicians strike. Mr. Colucci … died Aug. 15 in Erie County Medical Center. He was 84…. Mr. Colucci grew up in North Buffalo… Mr. Colucci developed a love for opera and classical music as a child…. He earned his law degree from the University at Buffalo in 1958…. After graduation, Mr. Colucci began work with Block, Colucci, Callanan and Crangle, a law firm co-founded by his uncle, Erie County Court Judge Ernest L. Colucci. Anthony Colucci practiced for decades in Western New York … and later in Palm Beach, Fla. … In 2006, he was appointed to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority by Gov. George Pataki…. Mr. Colucci served on the Erie County Cultural Advisory Board…. In 1980, he was an inaugural member of the Buffalo Arts Commission.”

Posted August 20, 2018