George Raymond Flattery Jr., 70, of Blasdell, an accomplished bricklayer and a retired tavern owner, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) in Mercy Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School and Erie County Technical Institute. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
A West Seneca resident from 1956 until he moved to Blasdell in 1997, he worked as a bricklayer and was known throughout the area for his masonry skills. He became one of the few bricklayers to become a general contracting superintendent. In 1978, he formed Gspco Contracting with his sons and continued to operate it until the mid-1990s.
In 1980, he and his family purchased an early 19th century building on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca and renovated it, opening it as Flattery's Bar and Restaurant. Known for its unique brickwork, it continues to be operated by his family.
He was a member of Bricklayers Local 45, the Carriagers Social Club, American Legion Post 735 and the Knights of Columbus.
He and his first wife, the former Jean Sullivan, a teacher, were married in 1953. She died in 1995. He married the former Joane Kreite-Borow in 1997.
In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, George R. III, Patrick, Kevin and Daniel, all of West Seneca, and Shawn of East Aurora; four daughters, Coleen Boyd of Lancaster, Kathleen Mallette and Jean Boltz, both of West Seneca, and Maureen Quinn of South Buffalo; two stepsons, Mark Borow of West Seneca and Scott Borow of Blasdell; three brothers, William of Boca Raton, Fla., Walter of Buffalo and Bernard of North Dighton, Mass.; four sisters, Jane Johnston of St. Petersburg, Fla., Joan Connors of Allison Park, Pa., Janet Bullock of Depew and Joyce Bastian of Boyd County, Ky.; and 27 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, S-3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, following prayers at 9:15 in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.