Paul J. Angrisano of Mang Avenue, Kenmore, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, former grand knight of Kenmore Council 3076, Knights of Columbus, and retired employee of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school system, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 86.
A native of Buffalo, Mr. Angrisano attended South Park High School and entered the Navy in 1943. He served three years in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Africa. On Guam, he helped rescue evacuees who had been held by the Japanese.
He later worked for 27 years for Swift & Co. until it closed its Buffalo plant.
Mr. Angrisano was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Paul Catholic Church in Kenmore and a fourth-degree member of Kenmore Council. He worked diligently to support construction of the Knights' building on Kenmore Avenue and served as a director there for more than 20 years.
He served as grand knight in 1967 and 1968 and then as manager from 1969 to 1974.
Mr. Angrisano was a custodian-engineer at Kenmore Middle School for 15 years until he retired in 1989.
After retirement, he helped many of his neighbors with cutting grass, painting and shopping.
He also was among a group of men from St. Paul's Holy Name Society who went door-to-door to help raise money for construction of the church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Marian Blake; a son, Paul; and a daughter, Margaret Lenartowicz. He and his wife would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 14.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today in St. Paul Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.