Pasquale L. Panfili, a World War II veteran and retired paint dealer, died Sunday in his home after a lengthy illness, during which he received the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 90.
Mr. Panfili was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School, where he learned to be a sign painter.
He served in the Army from May 1942 to October 1945 in France and Germany as a technician fourth grade with the 502nd Engineers' Light Pontoon Co.
From 1947 to 1959, Mr. Panfili was an auto mechanic at the former Cunningham Auto Sales. After that he joined his father's business, the former Gleem Paints on Highland Avenue, for three years.
In 1962, Mr. Panfili became the owner of the former Mary Carter Paint Store on Pine Avenue. He retired from that business in 1980.
He was a member of Cristoforo Colombo Society and the Moose Lodge.
He was a bowler, enjoyed doing remodeling projects, and played the violin, banjo and mandolin.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Rose M. Sozio; two daughters, Mary Ann T. Villar of Hamburg and Patricia L. Barone of Wheatfield; two sisters, Connie Lancelotti and Estelle Hexemer, both of Niagara Falls; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Joseph Catholic Church, following prayers in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, Town of Niagara. Entombment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery.