Obituary: Michael A. Puglisi
Michael A. Puglisi of East Amherst, New York, a former longtime Montclair resident, died on Feb. 20, 2022. He was 90.
Born in Dunkirk, New York, in 1931, Mr. Puglisi graduated from Niagara University in 1952 and served in the Army during the Korean War. As a child he’d dreamed of living in New York City, and after Korea he moved to Manhattan. He loved its pace and style, its theater, jazz and restaurants.
He got an MBA at New York University and spent his career as a college teacher and administrator. He held positions at Iona, Baruch and Long Island University, then settled in Montclair in 1971, working as an associate dean at Montclair State University. His last post was back in Manhattan, as an aide to his longtime mentor and boss, Tex Elam, the deputy chancellor of the City University of New York.
After retiring, in 1994, Mr. Puglisi was active in Montclair’s summer theater and arts council. He moved back to western New York state in 2018, to East Amherst, so he could be near family.
A lifelong friend to many, he was kind-hearted, generous, funny and warm. He was always ready to think the best of people. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Mr. Puglisi is survived by his sister, Angela Georgi; her three children and a great-nephew, who was born when he was 88 and whom he adored.
A Mass will be said this summer (date to be announced) at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk, followed by interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Sheridan, New York.
Donations can be made in his memory to Niagara University or WBFO Radio in Buffalo, New York.