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Giovanni Iacono, GM foundry retiree, vendor

Sept. 16, 1929 – Oct. 21, 2013

Giovanni “John” Iacono, a retired General Motors foundry worker and farmers’ market vendor, died Monday in his Lancaster home. He was 84.

Born in Siculiana, Sicily, he left his hometown at age 20 for Belgium, where he was a coal miner for a decade. Shortly after the birth of his first daughter, he and his wife emigrated to Toronto, where he worked as a furniture maker, then came to Buffalo’s West Side after his second daughter was born.

He worked for many years in the foundry at the General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda. In retirement, he became a food vendor at open- air markets, first in Niagara Falls and City of Tonawanda, then in North Tonawanda.

Active in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, he held many offices.

A traditional winemaker, every year he pressed fresh grapes for his vintages. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Croce “Josephina” Consiglio; a daughter, Maria Esperanza Mercurio; and a sister, Rosa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

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