Paul A. Luciano

Paul A. Luciano, formerly of Erie, born August 5, 1937, died December 19, 2012, following an extended illness, at his home, in Summerfield, Fla., in the company of loved ones. He was predeceased by his parents Anthony M. and Hazel (Mang) Luciano and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his loving wife Rita of Summerfield, Fla., siblings Nicholas and Donna, and his six children: Debra Luciano Lewis (Lance) and Paul Jr. (Kristina), both of Columbus, Ohio, Linda Orloff (Richard) of Stockton, N.Y., Richard Luciano of Vernal, Utah, Amy Hall (Sean) of Silver Creek, N.Y., Annette Spearman (Rick) of Freeville, N.Y. He will also be missed by his ten grandchildren, as well as a nephew Joseph Maxwell; and Paul's former wife Diane (Moran) Cybulski. Paul graduated from Academy High School, Class of 1955. He most enjoyed marching band, while in school, and was a member of the first band from Erie to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. He was a member of Musicians Local 17, Erie, Pa. A sax and clarinetist, he had the opportunity to play with Warren Covington, the Guy Lombardo Band and for Julius LaRosa, as well as lead the Paul Luciano Big Band and other bands in Central Florida. He was proprietor of Luciano Band Instrument Sales and Repair of Dunkirk, N.Y. and later, of Ocala, Fla. He loved to go on cruise vacations. Although music was his lifelong passion, he always said that his wealth was in his family. Despite living with cancer for seven years, he attended the high school commencements of five of his grandchildren. He also provided many of them with their first musical instruments. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 30, 2012