Salvatore F. D'Amato Sr., founder of a dry-cleaning business, died unexpectedly Saturday in his Hamburg home. He was 66.
Known as "Sam" and "Butch," Mr. D'Amato was born in Kenmore and was a 1957 graduate of West Seneca West High School.
Raised working at his family's dry-cleaning business, he established D'Amato's Dry Cleaners and Shirt Laundry in Orchard Park in 1976. The business is now owned by his brother, Michael of Orchard Park.
Mr. D'Amato was a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Woodlawn, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, helped organize spaghetti dinners and sang in the church choir and with Simon's Angels. He served as a bingo caller and was a member of the church's Holy Name Society and a Bible-sharing group.
He enjoyed sports and card games, including bowling and basketball, as well as pinochle, euchre and poker. Called the "King of Hearts" by friends, he died while playing hearts on the Internet.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Suzanne E. Smeltz of Hamburg; a son, Salvatore F. Jr. of Hamburg; a sister, Phyllis Cattarin of West Seneca; and a second brother, Joseph of West Seneca.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Catholic Church, 551 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, followed by a farewell celebration in the church hall.