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Nicholas Giangualano, 33-year veteran of State Police

Nov. 3, 1928 – Sept. 9, 2015

Nicholas Giangualano, who served 33 years with the New York State Police and was the officer-in-charge of State Police operations at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital, Buffalo. He was 86.

Mr. Giangualano was born and raised in Akron to Italian immigrant parents. He graduated from Akron High School in 1946 and went to Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, receiving his Accounting Secretarial Diploma in 1947. Soon after, he attended University of Buffalo and received his bachelor of education degree in business in 1951. He continued on at Millard Fillmore College and received his Graduate Study – Business in 1951.

He was teaching high school business courses in Lake Shore Central around 1951-1952 when he took the New York State Police exam.

In 1952, he received a call from the State Police that he was accepted and left teaching to begin his 33-year career with the State Police.

Mr. Giangualano served in many stations across the state, first as a trooper rising up eventually to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 1972, Mr. Giangualano was promoted to inspector and was stationed in Albany. He was one of four inspectors in the State Police who functioned directly under the superintendent. He conducted internal personnel and personally developed and totally revised the State Police report writing system.

From 1978-1980, Mr. Giangualano was the officer-in-charge of State Police planning/direction of all security, traffic control, public safety and related logistics at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.

He retired from the State Police as lieutenant colonel in 1985 and was then hired by a cable company to head up the government relations department. He worked in that capacity for several years.

Until several weeks ago, Mr. Giangualano kept active and worked with the Akron Alumni Association, the Newstead Historical Society and the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society.

His wife, the late former Vivan G. Wright, died in 1993.

He is survived by two daughters, Lou Ann Mages and Nicole Bennett; a sister, Mary Ann Allan; and three grandchildren.

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

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