Samuel C. Barreca, of Williamsville, a retired postal worker and a decorated veteran of World War II, died Tuesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 84.
Born in Silver Creek, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and joined the Army in 1942. Originally assigned to the 23rd Armored Infantry Division, he was transferred to Gen. George Patton's 7th Armored Division.
He fought in the Battle of Normandy and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He also was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
Mr. Barreca began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1949. A letter carrier based at the Niagara Square station in downtown Buffalo, his route covered the Lower West Side. He retired in 1988.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Adeline Cercone; a son, Robert of East Amherst; a daughter, Kathleen A. Hook of Snyder; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder, after prayers at 10 in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.