Peter D. Hassett, 79, retired director of the Saturn Club was a guide | Featured obituaries

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July 26, 1941 – July 24, 2021

The life of Peter D. Hassett was filled with laughter, music and stories.

Mr. Hassett, longtime assistant manager of the Saturn Club, died two days before his 80th birthday at his Williamsville home after several months of illness.

“He was learned and witty, with a dry sense of humor,” said his wife, Paulette LaMattina Notaro. “He wasn’t a joke-teller, just a naturally funny person.”

Mr. Hassett has run a bar at many popular Buffalo establishments for decades and co-owned Checkers on Hertel Avenue in the 1970s. In 2012, he retired as an assistant manager after 25 years with the Saturn Club.

He was born in Buffalo, the third of four children to William D. and Bernadine McGowan Hassett. Mr. Hassett graduated in 1959 from Canisius High School, where he participated in track and field and cross country, as well as debate, theater and glee club. He also appeared in dramatic productions, in his senior year playing Pontius Pilate in the school’s dramatic presentation of the crucifixion of Christ.

In 1963, Mr. Hassett obtained a BA in English from Canisius College. In college, he continued to act, appearing in several productions, including “12 Angry Men”.

In the 1960s, Mr. Hassett worked as a bartender at many well-known establishments including Park Meadow, Gabriel’s Gate and Mulligan’s. He also ran the Grille, the back room bar at the Saturn Club.

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