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AUG. 12, 1912 -- JULY 6, 2004

Salvatore "Sam" DeMarco, an Italian immigrant who built a successful career in Buffalo as a laborer with Laborers Local 210, died July 6. He was 91.

Born in Caramanico, Italy, he came to the United States with his two brothers, the late Bartolomeo "Benny" and Nicholas, in 1929. He worked at Bell Aircraft and Du Pont Co. before beginning his career with John W. Cowper Construction Co. He retired in 1975.

As a member of Local 210, Mr. DeMarco helped build such local landmarks as Women and Children's Hospital, University at Buffalo's North Campus, Buffalo State College and the Marine Midland Tower in downtown Buffalo.

Mr. DeMarco married Mafalda Bianchi on April 10, 1937, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The couple celebrated 67 years of marriage this year.

Mr. DeMarco enjoyed tending his garden and making homemade pasta with his wife. Family members described him as a hard worker and generous man who made the most of his life.

In addition to his wife, Mr. DeMarco is survived by two daughters, Petrina Drinkard and JoAnn Lewandowski, both of Clarence; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 10 in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Clarence. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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