James F. Scarupa of the Town of Niagara, a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 129 for more than 30 years, died Wednesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a battle with cancer. He was 71.
He was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School.
Mr. Scarupa served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 with the 746th Armored Infantry Battalion, stationed in Kirchgoens, Germany.
He worked as a pipefitter, retiring in 1992, and was an executive board member of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local.
A longtime member of the Hyde Park Little League, he was a past president and was instrumental in locating the Little League at its current site next to Sal Maglie Stadium on Hyde Park Boulevard.
A New York Yankees fan, Mr. Scarupa followed the team to spring training camp in Florida. He also enjoyed golfing and traveling to Las Vegas and Daytona Beach, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Carole L. Campbell; two sons, Craig of Lockport and Brian of the Town of Niagara; two daughters, Christie Presti and Cathy, both of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Diane of Niagara Falls and Betty Kralick of Tampa, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Leo's Catholic Church, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.