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A Mass of Christian Burial for Jack R. Caruana, a retired contractor and developer, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Caruana, 87, of Amherst, died Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2000) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, he attended city schools. After serving a carpentry apprenticeship, he joined Tripi Construction in the 1940s as a home builder and carpenter.

In 1952, he started Jack R. Caruana Construction Co., which built dozens of suburban houses, primarily in the Town of Amherst.

In the 1950s, he donated a new split-level in Clifford Heights, which he developed, as a prize for a raffle that helped fund the construction of St. Leo's Catholic Church on Sweet Home Road, recalled his daughter, Kathleen Shafer of Olcott.

Caruana was a framing contractor for Palumbo Builders from 1972 to 1985. He moved that year to California, where he worked as a construction supervisor for several Los Angeles-area developers for 10 years before returning to Amherst.

A fervent Catholic, Caruana in his youth was an altar boy at Holy Cross Church in Buffalo and later was a member of St. Leo's and St. Christopher's parishes.

He was also a raconteur and sportsman who bowled in many leagues, often for the Shamrock Bar on Elmwood Avenue, and with his late brothers, Frank and Joseph.

Surviving, besides his daughter, are his wife, the former Homzy McDonald; a sister, Jeanette Monachino of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.


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