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Anthony Francis 'Tony' Bufano, greeting card executive, dies

Anthony Francis "Tony" Bufano, a retired greeting card executive and fisherman, died July 8 of heart failure at his Lochearn home. He was 83.

The son of Italian immigrant parents, Mr. Bufano was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., where he graduated from South Scranton High School.

He began his sales career working for Carter's department store in Scranton and then took a job with Donald D. Threthaway Food Brokers in nearby Wilkes-Barre.

In 1957, Mr. Bufano joined American Greetings Corp., whose headquarters are in Cleveland. He held sales assignments in South Jersey and Memphis until moving to Baltimore in 1965.

Mr. Bufano was Mid-Atlantic sales manager for American Greetings Corp. at the time of his retirement in 1983.

From 1980 to 1995, Mr. Bufano and his wife, the former Ann Marie Scioscia, owned and operated a Dunkin' Donuts shop at Haven and Pulaski streets in Highlandtown.

Mrs. Bufano died in 2004.

When a son, Robert Bufano of Sparks, owned and operated Angelina's Restaurant on Harford Road, the elder Mr. Bufano assisted his son in the mail-order crab cake business.

A lifelong catch-and-release trout fisherman, Mr. Bufano enjoyed fishing in streams in New Mexico, Central Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

In addition to fishing, he enjoyed traveling and doing odd jobs around his Lochearn home.

He was an active member of the U.S. Power Squadron and Toastmasters International.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Also surviving are two other sons, Donald Bufano of Mount Washington and Thomas Bufano of Peru; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his companion of recent years, Doris Lesher of Chambersburg, Pa.

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