Robert J. Rinaldo, a retired independent insurance agent, died Tuesday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, the youngest of 11 children, he was a graduate of McKinley High School, where he was the captain and quarterback of the football team that won the Harvard Cup in 1938. He also was a varsity baseball player.
He attended the University of Buffalo and served in the Army during World War II with a tank corps in the Philippines.
He owned and operated Robert J. Rinaldo Insurance Agency in offices on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda. He also operated a real estate agency, Sheridan Realty. He retired in 1983.
For many years, he was the right-of-way agent for Erie County, buying, selling and appraising land for the county, mostly for highway widening projects.
Mr. Rinaldo was a golfer and skier and a member of the Aquatic Center of Tonawanda. He also enjoyed cooking for his family.
His wife of 51 years, Eleanor Butch Rinaldo, died in 2000.
Surviving are two sons, Robert J. Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., and Michael of Buffalo; two daughters, Tammy Garretson of Kenmore and Susan Gallo of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Jean Favata of Canandaigua; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Amelia's Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.