John DeFranco, a general contractor who owned J.J. Talli Co., died Monday (Feb. 19, 2001) in his Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. He was 68.
DeFranco was born in Brooklyn and moved to Niagara Falls as a child.
A decorated Army veteran of the Korean War, he served as an ammunition specialist and was a prisoner of war for one week before escaping.
He also was a 10-year veteran of the National Guard, serving during the 1950s and '60s.
DeFranco owned and operated J.J. Talli Co. and worked as a general contractor both in Niagara Falls and Houston, where he lived from 1974 to 1991.
For the past two years, he worked as a starter and ranger at Niagara Falls' Hyde Park Golf Course.
He enjoyed golf, tennis and bowling.
He is survived by four sons, Anthony Garfalo of Niagara Falls and John, Robert and Tino, all of Dallas; a daughter, Debbie of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Antonette Cirrito of Niagara Falls; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial, with full military honors, will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.