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Richard A. Marasco, teacher, Niagara County legislator

Sept. 26, 1950 – Sept. 16, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS – Richard Anthony Marasco, a teacher, shopkeeper and Niagara County legislator, died Monday in his Niagara Falls home under care of Niagara Hospice after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1970 graduate of Niagara County Community College and received his bachelor’s degree from Brockport State College.

He completed his master’s degree at Niagara University in 1995.

He worked as a machinist while in college and operated his family’s store, Marasco’s Complete Foods market on 19th Street in Niagara Falls, from 1979 to 1989. Active in the Pine Avenue Business Association, he served as vice president and treasurer. The association awarded him its Stellar Star Award in 1996 for his service.

In 1990, Mr. Marasco became a high school history teacher in Niagara Falls. He served on the executive board of the teachers union, which gave him its Meritorious Service Award in 2006 and its Distinguished Award in 2010.

After unsuccessfully running for the Niagara County Legislature in 2007, he was elected in 2009, representing the former 1st District, which included the DeVeaux neighborhood and downtown Niagara Falls. He resigned in October 2011 because of poor health.

Active in the community, he was a member of the Niagara Falls Scenic Protection Board, the Niagara Falls Waterfront Revitalization Committee and the Neighborhood Housing Authority.

He entertained frequently at parties and banquets as “Father Rico Sarducci, the Pope’s Emissary.”

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Joanne M. Cale; a son, Matthew; a daughter, Lea; his mother, Francis; three brothers, David, James and Salvatore Jr.; and two sisters, Mary Ann Slaiman and Kathleen Culbreath.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Raphael Parish, 3840 Macklem Ave. at College Avenue.

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