Dominick C. Massaro, of Lewiston, a veteran builder and developer in Western New York, died Monday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston. He was 79.
Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Massaro earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and went on to serve in the U.S. Army in 1956-57 with the 56th Field Artillery Battalion.
The owner and president of Sicoli and Massaro General Contractors Inc. in the Town of Niagara, Mr. Massaro directed numerous high-profile projects in the area.
Among them: Pilot Field (now Coca-Cola Field) in Buffalo, the Harry F. Abate and Cataract elementary schools in the Niagara Falls School District, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Administration Building in Lewiston, DuPont Niachlor Plant in Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls and the Seneca Allegany Hotel & Casino in Salamanca, Historical Square and Ridgeview Apartments in Lewiston and M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel in the Town of Niagara.
Mr. Massaro also shared a partnership in the joint venture of the Historical Square Apartments and Ridgeview Apartments in Lewiston, owned the Military Square Plaza and served as the president and chief executive officer of LRF Construction Co.
He was active in several business and civic organizations, including the General Building Contractors of Western New York, Associated General Contractors of America and Niagara Falls Country Club.
A member and past president of the Building Industry Employers Association of Niagara County, Mr. Massaro was also a board trustee for Laborers Local 91, vice chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and chairman of its capital campaign, and a member of the board of directors of the YMCA of Niagara County.
He was fond of golf, playing cards, electronics and photography and was a world traveler, family members said.
He is survived by his wife, the former Joy DeVito; a daughter, Lisa Keating; two sisters, Ann Russo and Mary Sicoli; and three brothers, Frank, Richard and Angelo.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston.