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Domenic V. Paladino, master stonemason, WWII Army veteran March 4, 1924 -- Oct. 16, 2008

Domenic V. Paladino, a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and master stonemason whose work graces many of Buffalo's landmark buildings, died Thursday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 84.

A Depew resident, Mr. Paladino was born in Palermo, Italy, and moved to the United States as a child. During the war he served in the 9th Air Force, he was a gunner on A-20 and A-26 aircraft and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he became a stonemason and was affiliated with Bricklayers Local 45 for 62 years. His works include the mosaic and terra cotta on the Guarantee Building and the stonework at the Connecticut Street Armory. He also plied his craft on Canisius High School and Canisius College.

Mr. Paladino's wife, the former Katherine Primiano, died in 2006.

He is survived by a son, Charles; a daughter, Francis Boeckel; and a brother, Pasquale.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, with prayers at 9:15 in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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