August 1997

Lew Violanti

by Joseph RADDER

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Lew Violanti of Hamburg just might be the number one Bills fan around.

He’s a loyal Monday Quarterback Club member who’s never missed an event.

Lew’s courage can compete with any player from his favorite team; he flew combat missions as an Air Force Radio Operator in China, Burma and India during World War II.

After the war, Lew graduated from Canisius with a major in business administration. He dedicated his business career to the Federal Reserve Bank and Bethlehem Steel.

Although Lew’s been a fanatic Bills fan since 1963, it’s his family that can make the Bills take a back seat.

Married 47 years to his wife, Sarah, Lew enjoys playing with his three grandchildren who live nearby.

For family gatherings, the couple travels to Europe, Mexico, California and Louisiana.

Traveling plans, however, don’t interfere with Lew’s passion. He’s coached his family well. They know they’ll need to check the Bills’ schedule and work around it. 

Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.


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