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Michael A. Giancarlo, retired teacher and coach at Williamsville high schools

Nov. 27, 1941 – April 1, 2016

Michael A. Giancarlo, a retired teacher and coach, died Friday in his Williamsville home after a 2½ year battle with cancer. He was 74.

Born in Buffalo, the oldest of eight children, he attended St. Lawrence School and Hutchinson Technical High School, where he was a varsity football and baseball player. At SUNY Buffalo State, where he graduated in 1964, he was named an all-state baseball player. He went on to earn master’s degrees in English and education from Buffalo State.

Industrious as a boy, he had a Buffalo Evening News paper route in his East Delavan Avenue neighborhood at the age of 9, shined shoes for patrons at local taverns and worked as a bowling pinsetter at Schiller Park Lanes.

A member of Laborers Local 210 in his teens, he worked on the Niagara Thruway, the Kensington Expressway, the Robert Moses Parkway and Sisters Hospital.

Mr. Giancarlo began his teaching career at Buffalo School 74 in 1964. Two years later he went to Mill Middle School in Williamsville, where he was a team leader. He retired in 1998.

During the summer months between 1967 and 1995, he was an immigration inspector at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls and other international bridges.

He coached baseball and basketball in the Williamsville high schools during the 1970s. He also served as coach and league executive in the Christy Mathewson Baseball Little League in Williamsville from 1972 to 1978.

He had served on the parish finance council at St. Lawrence Catholic Church since 2005.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Marilyn Savarino; two daughters, Angela E. and Rachel A. Ferrufino; a son, Guy C.; two sisters, Teresa Kubiak and Cora Olkowski; four brothers, Guy, Angelo “Moe,” Joseph and Anthony; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave.

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