Albert A. Garbarino of Cheektowaga, a retired state building inspector, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.
A native of Buffalo, he graduated from Boys Vocational High School and had an associate's degree from Erie Community College. He also had received the Jesse Ketchum Award from School 47.
He was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Garbarino started his career as a draftsman. He then became an architectural representative for an area architect.
In 1968, he became an on-site building inspector for the state, working on such projects as the West Seneca Developmental Center, the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, the North Campus of ECC, Starpoint High School in Pendleton and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He retired in 1989.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed music, especially big bands.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Grace T. Schmidt; a daughter, Jill Fildes of Cheektowaga; three sons, James of West Seneca, Robert W. of Pensacola, Fla., and Joseph M. of Williamsville; a sister, Barbara Bogold of Angola; a brother, William of Depew; and five grandchildren.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Cheektowaga.