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Thomas Pierino Sr., engineer, operations manager

Nov. 29, 1928 – May 10, 2015

Thomas M. Pierino Sr. of Williamsville, an engineer and operations manager whose career spanned over 40 years, died Sunday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1946 graduate of Buffalo Technical High School. He studied mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo from 1946 to 1950. He later earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in operations management from the University at Albany.

Mr. Pierino began his engineering career at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (now Calspan), working as a facilities designer while still attending UB. In 1950, he launched a 26-year engineer career with Sperry Rand, eventually becoming manager of manufacturing and manager of its steel operations unit. After Sperry left Western New York, he became the plant superintendent at Ferro Corporation in the late 1970s. He completed his career as manager of engineering at Teledyne Corporation in the 1980s.

A retired major with the New York Army Reserve National Guard, Mr. Pierino began his military career in 1948. He was commander of the 209th Artillery Nike-Hercules unit, which was awarded the Eisenhower Trophy for Excellence in both 1963 and 1964. He retired in 1976.

His wife of 61 years, the former Marie Loffredo, died in April 2011.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Jr. and James; a sister, Rosaria Pierino; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

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