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Dominic A. "Dee" Geracitano, 84, of Third Street, a longtime businessman on this city's East Side, died Thursday (July 24, 1997) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a short illness.

A native of Buffalo, Geracitano moved to Niagara Falls as a child when his late father, Frank, opened Geracitano's Jewelry Store on the East Side.

As a self-employed businessman, Dominic Geracitano was the former owner of Past-Time Billiards on East Falls Street, and the J and LL Cigar Store, also on the East Side. He also worked as a plumber during the early 1940s for Barney Martin Plumbing and for Falls Heating.

From 1959 to 1996, he was a partner with his wife, the former Barbara Ann Taggart, in the ownership and operation of Barbara Ann's Beauty Salon on Third Street. He performed accounting aspects of the business.

Geracitano enjoyed tinkering with magic tricks and working with small electrical appliances. He was very creative in inventing mechanical devices, and he applied for several patents.

He was proud of the fact that his wife was the first woman elected to the Niagara Falls City Council. Mrs. Geracitano, who later was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor, is seeking to regain her Council seat in this year's election.

Geracitano also took great pride in his East Side heritage.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Patrick T. Sr. and Philip W.; a brother, Larry J.; four sisters, Theresa Costa of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mary Riggi, Elvira "Vee" Carella and Rose Critelli; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 247 Fourth St., after prayers at 10 in Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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