Carlo Bua, who delivered The Bee as a boy and later worked his way up to be a top circulation manager during 39 years with McClatchy Newspapers, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Mr. Bua joined The Bee's circulation department in 1942 before joining the Navy during World War II. He transferred to the Modesto Bee and in 1951 became the paper's youngest circulation manager at that time, his family said.
He returned to The Sacramento Bee in 1961 and was named city circulation manager. He retired in 1981.
One of six children raised by Sicilian immigrants, Mr. Bua was born in 1922 in Los Angeles. He moved with his family to Sacramento and played trumpet in a popular dance band led by his uncle, Frankie Gordon.
He graduated from McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College. Before shipping out to the South Pacific in 1943, he played trumpet in a Navy band headed by swing bandleader Tex Beneke.
Mr. Bua had no children during a 55-year marriage to his wife, June, who died in 2005. He lived most recently in Carmichael and belonged to the Elks Club.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Quadros of Sacramento and Nina Burns of Fort Worth, Texas. Services are pending.