NIAGARA FALLS – Thomas J. Amantia Jr., a lifelong Niagara Falls resident, educator, handyman and businessman, died Thursday in Niagara Hospice House after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.
Mr. Amantia was a 1978 graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School and studied at Niagara County Community College and Niagara University. He earned a master’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo State.
Throughout his career, Mr. Amantia also worked for DeFranco Hardware, Carborundum Co., Azerty Inc., Ingram Micro and most recently as a home school tutor, specializing in math, for Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services. For many years, he worked as a bartender for weddings and banquets at the Holiday Inn on Grand Island.
A handyman, Mr. Amantia enjoyed home improvement projects and owned and operated Screenfix, a window screen repair business.
He enjoyed chopping and splitting wood, and was a fan of boxing, basketball, football and collecting Super Bowl programs.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, the former Diane L. Doricko; his mother, Virginia; two daughters, Ashley M. and Alexandra V.; and a sister, Staria Schuppenhauer.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Riverlife Chapel, 3474 Creek Road, Youngstown.