August Moceri, 79, a member of the Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 1999) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness.
Moceri, of Grand Avenue, was known as Augie. He was born in Bristol, Pa., and moved to Niagara Falls with his family when he was a child.
In his youth, Moceri ran his own concession stands at carnivals that came to town during the summers.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He boxed in the featherweight division in the Navy and was undefeated in 17 matches.
After the war, he worked in production at the Bell Aircraft plant in Wheatfield. He also worked at Oldbury Chemical Co. and in the 1950s was a construction worker on the Niagara Power Project.
Moceri worked for the city as a starter on the golf course. He also sold Christmas trees for many years on Pine Avenue.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the oldest living member of Frederick Cadille Post 1664, American Legion.
Moceri received the Fabulous 40s Award in 1980. The sports award was given by members of an athletic group called the Fabulous 40s.
Moceri enjoyed watching baseball, football and bowling.
His wife, Marion R. Calipari Moceri, died in 1996.
Survivors include two daughters, Rose Marie Pyra and Marguerite Ruffolo; a sister, Ann Hiller; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, after prayers at noon in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery Mausoleum.