A funeral mass for Antonio Giuseppe “Joe” Buffa, 68, of West Point, was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Point. He died Nov. 11, 2020.
At 18, he served in the Italian Navy. Here in the U.S. he and brother, Gaetano, began working in their uncle’s restaurants. It was this family that introduced him to founders of Anna’s Pizza and ultimately his wife, Anna. After their marriage, they ran their own pizza places in Danville, Virginia, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. Eventually they settled in West Point to open their own Anna’s Pizza. Many years later, he sold the business to his brother and opened a small version of Anna’s Pizza in Saluda.
He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He and Gaetano fell ill with COVID-19 in September 2020.
He was preceded in death by his father, Giuseppe Buffa, and brother, Gaetano Buffa.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Maria Buffa; children, Fabio Giuseppe Buffa, Luisa Buffa Burroughs and Michael Christopher Buffa; his mother, Luisa Amato Buffa; sister, Girolama “Mimma” Buffa Brooks of Danville, and three grandchildren.
Interment was in Parklawn-Wood Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org. Tributes may be posted at www.vincentfh.com.